Linda Acredolo and her partner, Susan Goodwyn, were two of the first people to research the impacts of signing with babies. They also created one of the first baby signing programs, Baby Signs.
The National Associaton for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) interviewed Linda for their radio program. Linda discusses the benefits of sign language beyond reduced frustration, and also explains why signing is so beneficial. She also addresses the concern some have raised about "flawed research."
This is a great interview that summarizes the basics of how she became interested in baby sign language, her views on teaching American Sign Language (ASL) versus made-up or home sign, and the reasons why babies who sign have improved verbal abilities.
“Improving your Baby’s Communication Skills,” with Linda Acredolo, Ph.D.