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Fingerspelling with my Toddler: The day I brought home the Fingerspelling book for my 3 year old boy, he immediately wanted to read it with me. Although he tried to do some of the signs, he was much more interested in reading the book and asking me to show him the way to do the signs. The beautiful illustrations make it fun and easy, even if they don’t have the dexterity to spell out words yet. I started with some early signs when he was an infant, but I wish I had found these books sooner!! Thank you
—Nicole Robillard, Bellingham, WA
We heard about Dr. Joseph’s work when our daughter was an infant. She is about to turn 20. So we’re talking quite a few years ago. We signed with her, and it had a tremendous impact on our family. She had a vocabulary of 120 signs, literally 120 words before she could say a verbal word! Your program opened communication and our sense of connection. She’s an honor student in a nationally known program and has done incredibly well academically. Dr. Joseph, you’ve had an incredible impact on my personal family and my life.
—Paul Zelizer, Business Coach for Social Enterpreneurs
Wow, Wow, Wow! Yesterday I attended Dr. Garcia’s Baby Sign Language Workshop; WOW!! I can’t begin to express how much I appreciate Dr. Garcia’s books and workshops! For those of you who may not know, Dr. Garcia was the first person (in the world!) to suggest that babies are happier knowing signs before they’re physically able to speak. Makes perfect sense to me! Babies who can express their needs and wants, problem-solve and communicate, these babies are happier. And so are parents!
If you’re a parent that cares deeply about your baby, I strongly encourage you to check out his outstanding 14 Days program or his Dr. Garcia’s Complete Guide to Baby Sign Language.
—Cynthia – Librarian, Educator, Homeschool Parent
My daughter had severe earaches, but the doctor said her ears were fine. I insisted that she was signing PAIN by her right ear. He thought I was nuts, but ran some further tests…and found that 90% of her inner ear was full of fluid, causing a 35% hearing loss! Without her ability to sign to us, the specialist said we would not have known about the fluid in her ears.
—Kelli Goble, Tracy, CA
Learning to sign with my baby helped ease a lot of the anxiety of being a new parent. My son could not only tell me what he wanted at a young age, but he was well ahead of his peers in vocabulary when he started talking. I highly recommend Doctor Joseph Garcia’s work.
—Jeri Ferguson, Mother
We were thrilled to try Dr. Joseph Garcia’s baby signing method with our son and found that it worked amazingly well! Our son’s daycare personnel were familiar with Joseph’s method and also used it with great effect. All babies, parents, grandparents and care givers can benefit from Dr. Garcia’s brilliant 14 Days program!”
—Andy & Kate Simmons, WA
Dear Dr. Garcia,
Hello. I’m a clinical psychologist with a 15-month-old daughter. My husband & I started teaching her ASL when she was about 10 1/2 months old using your program. It is one of the best things we’ve ever done. It is truly amazing. Many of our friends don’t believe us when we tell them how many words she knows and how well she communicates…until they see it for themselves. She knows over 40 words and is learning faster than we can at this point. She actually began toilet training before she could walk by showing us the signs. I attribute this to the fact that she has been able to communicate her wants & needs at such an early age without much frustration. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful information in your program.
Within a week of her first sign she had added 5 more and now knows about 20 signs. The fact that our 13-month-old child can tell us when she is hungry, thirsty, in pain, or is full still amazes me everyday. Her frustration level is practically nil, which makes her a delight to be around. Her ability to initiate conversation about things that she did or hears or sees makes me thankful everyday for Joseph Garcia and his research.
—Jackie Thomas, Bothell, WA
Our daughter was able to express herself through simple signs (milk, more, all done) at 8 months old. She is now 13 months and readily uses over 35 signs to express herself. Just the other day she picked up a feather from our parrot and signed, “bird- hair”. It is amazing! She can express herself and we can discuss concepts you wouldn’t normally think a 1 year old would understand.
—Jessica Jordan, Nashua, NH
I have been using your program to teach my daughter from about 6 1/2 months old. She is now 13 1/2 months, and she does about 40 signs. She makes up new signs herself, and strings together 2 and three signs regularly to get the message across. She will learn a sign after being shown only once, now, and I am in a race to try to come up with more signs. She wants to know the sign for everything! She can tell me just about anything. Thank you so much for this. I try to convince any mother who will listen, to please do it with their baby.
—Monta Z. Briant, San Diego, CA
Yesterday, after giving my eight-month old a hug, he signed “More.” It brought tears to my eyes. We are very happy. Thank you so much for allowing my son and I to communicate this early on such a deep level. Your 14 Days program is amazing!
—Toby, Redding CA
We are very pleased that our 14-month-old girl, Leah, is signing about 25 or 30 signs. But we feel especially proud that she is teaching signs as well. Leah was playing and pretending to feed her baby doll. She paused the feeding to sign “more” to her doll, then picked up her doll’s hands and made her sign “more,” too. This is so much fun!
—Monica and Andy, Ogden UT
We started signing with our daughter about three months after her birth. We were introduced to signing by Dr. Joseph Garcia at Evergreen Hospital through the Baby-Parent Classes. By the time she was 4.5 months she could tell us when she wanted a drink, her diaper changed and when she was all done….and much more.
—Robert Friedberg, WA
Signing with my children before they were verbal reduced anxiety and frustration for everyone in our family. Our kids could let us know what they wanted BEFORE they could SAY it. They were understood and it was easier for us to meet their needs; less crying and fussing, more togetherness and fun. Joseph Garcia’s labor of love totally worked for us.”
—Alan Seid, Father of Three