Sign of the Times

Andrea Filary
Professor Woods
English 1104
October 7, 2011
Signs of Change
William Sevcik sits in his high chair with an assortment of Multigrain Cheerios and pieces of banana.   After eating a couple slices of banana he begins twisting both his hands with his palms facing out to indicate that he is finished.   Instead of crying or throwing his food on the floor he communicates with his mother.   Next, he puts his arms up and starts to open and close his hands quickly showing his desire to be picked up out of the high chair.   There are no tantrums and no mess.   William is only eleven months old, and he is using Baby Signs to communicate with his mother.   Baby signs have become a popular trend among parents and child caretakers, and are a form of American Sign Language or gestures that allow babies and toddlers to communicate. (Acredolo) [SINCE THIS SEEMS TO BE A BRAND, USE THE SINGULAR.   Statement (Citation)Period ]   Just like many trends Baby Signs had small causes that had a big effect on the way adults approach communicating with young children. Baby Signs is a trend that illustrates Gladwell’s ideas. [IN MLA, USE FULL NAMES ON FIRST MENTION.   OTHER SYSTEMS, LIKE APA, ARE DIFFERENT.]     It started with a small cause, then became contagious to parents, and finally reached a “Tipping Point” in 2004. (Gladwell)   [MORE EXPLANATION OF GLADWELL’S IDEAS WOULD HELP.]  
Baby Signs began with parents trying to communicate with their children.   Linda Acredelo, a psychology professor at UC Davis in Northern California, actually stumbled upon this communication technique by accident in 1982, when she noticed her young daughter making gestures to describe things that she saw in her back yard. (Wiley) [ACREDELO’S NAME AND PRESENTATION OF HER CREDENTIALS ARE NICELY DONE HERE.]   Dr. Acredolo then began to document the symbolic gestures that her daughter was making to communicate, and along with her friend Susan Goodwyn applied for a grant from the National Institute of...