Welcome to a whole new way of learning!
Dr. Robert Titzer founded The Infant Learning Company in 1995 in order to make a high quality version of his homemade Your Baby Can Read! video. He began creating a commercial version of the video in response to repeated requests from parents and others who were fascinated after seeing his daughters’ early reading success.
Dr. Titzer is a trained infant researcher who taught both of his infant daughters to read1,2 with his multi-sensory, interactive approach. By combining the knowledge gained from Dr. Titzer’s early learning studies3,4 with findings in developmental psychology5,6, the Infant Learning Company broke new ground with the release of Your Baby Can Read! – the first reading video series in the world specifically designed to teach infants and toddlers to read.
The Infant Learning Company is a small family-owned company headed by Dr. Titzer along with his sister, Sharon Patterson, and a dedicated staff who really enjoy being part of the early learning movement. We are devoted to creating fun and entertaining products that stimulate learning in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers using Dr. Titzer’s science-based approach. We are committed to helping babies naturally acquire the written form of language at the same time they are learning other aspects of language. We do this by allowing children to see and play with written language during the child’s natural window for learning language which is also a period of rapid brain development.
The Infant Learning Company is proud to be at the forefront of infant reading and infant learning. We strive to change the way societies think about early literacy and early learning and we will speak out to educate the public on these important issues. Your Baby Can Read! is likely the most-studied baby video in the world. The findings of the studies consistently show that using Your Baby Can Read! helps babies, toddlers, and preschoolers learn reading and vocabulary skills. None of the studies on Your Baby Can Read! show any negative effects related to watching or using the program.
Each year, new research suggests that infants have more higher cognitive functioning abilities than previously believed. When learning about toys or other objects, babies are allowed to use these capabilities while exploring with all of their senses. However, babies are expected to figure out language skills without using all of their senses. Our programs allow babies to use their senses while learning language skills. This has caused quite a controversy with some people, but we are convinced that if people read our website with an open mind they will see that our program clearly helps babies learn language skills – including reading. In addition, the evidence is overwhelming that learning to read earlier has potentially life-changing long-term benefits7,8,9,10.
The primary goal of The Infant Learning Company is to help make parents aware of the importance of teaching their children in the first years of life. Whether you decide to teach your baby on your own or with our easy-to-use programs, we are here to answer your questions and help you along on the exciting path to early learning. We look forward to providing you with the latest research on early literacy and early learning. Our programs are now sold on six continents and in virtually every country in the world. At this moment, Your Baby Can Read! is available in six languages and we will add many more in the near future. We have had many thousands of testimonials from parents as well as numerous hours of video footage showing infants and young children reading after using Your Baby Can Read!. Many dedicated parents who have used Your Baby Can Read! make great efforts to educate others about the benefits of early literacy on our Facebook page. We are gratified in knowing that we have made a difference in the lives of many children around the world. We continually strive to introduce the most innovative educational products for young children that can positively impact their lives. We do our best to make them available to all children – including underprivileged children – through our own efforts and in partnership with charitable organizations. Thank you for taking the time to read About Us and for your interest in our early learning programs!
Dr. Robert Titzer’s Story
Recognized infant learning expert, Dr. Robert Titzer, has a grand vision of making the world a better place by allowing children greater opportunities for success throughout life by developing early reading skills.
Robert C. Titzer, Ph.D., an educator and researcher in the field of infant learning and father of two daughters, currently lives in San Diego County in California. After earning his teaching credentials from San Diego State University, he taught in the public schools on Guam and in California. Titzer completed a master of science degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Human Performance from Indiana University, where he worked in infant development laboratories conducting theoretically important experiments related to infant learning. Titzer has conducted research in laboratories around the country and he has taught at several universities.
Dr. Titzer has become a recognizable expert in the area of infant learning and his work has been published in scientific journals—including the prestigious Psychological Review. Titzer has given talks about early learning on four continents—speaking with tens of thousands of parents around the world. He demonstrates fun learning activities that parents can do with infants and toddlers to stimulate brain development. Dr. Titzer has appeared on thousands of TV programs and networks including SKY TV, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, The Richard & Judy Show, Channel 5 (in the United Kingdom), UTV (in Northern Ireland), The David and Kim Show (in Australia), Canada AM, A Current Affair (in Australia), CNN, MSNBC, Headline News, The Discovery Channel, CBS This Morning, ABC World News Now, Knowledge TV, Real TV, Parenting Principles (on PBS), EXTRA, and The Learning Channel.
Dr. Titzer is trying to change the way societies view early literacy and share his knowledge about the importance of early learning. Dr. Titzer created the Your Baby Can Read!, Your Child Can Read!, and Your Baby/Child Can Discover! programs. He taught both of his daughters to read as babies. His children and other children who have learned using his approach are examples of the success that can be achieved through early learning.
Please see Dr. Titzer’s research for more information.
About Sharon Patterson and the Infant Learning Company Team
Sharon Patterson, sister of Dr. Robert Titzer, oversees operations of the ILC. Learn more about the ILC Leadership Team here on our staff page.
1 Titzer, R. (1998, April). Case Study of an Infant Exposed to Written Language. Presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies. Atlanta, Georgia.
2 Titzer, R. (1997). Case Study of a Second Infant Learning Written Language. (Unpublished study on Keelin Titzer).
3 Titzer, R. (2010a). The Effectiveness of the YBCR Program on Reading and Vocabulary Skills: Study 1.
4 Titzer, R. (2010b). The Effectiveness of the YBCR Program on Reading and Vocabulary Skills: Study 2.
5 Titzer, R. C. (1997). Infants’ Understanding of Transparency: A Reinterpretation of Studies Using the Object Retrieval Task and Visual Cliff, Dissertation, Indiana University.
6 Smith LB, Thelen E, Titzer R, McLin D. (1999). Knowing in the context of acting: the task dynamics of the A-not-B error. Psychological Review, 106(2), 235-60.
7 Duncan, G. J., Dowsett, C. J., Claessens, A., Magnuson, K., Huston, A. C., Klebanov, P., et al. (2007). School readiness and later achievement. Developmental Psychology, 43, 1428–1446.
8 Durkin, D. (1966). The Achievement of Pre-School Readers: Two Longitudinal Studies. Reading Research Quarterly, 1(4), 5-36.
9 Hanson, R. A., and D. Farrell. 1995. The long-term effects on high school seniors of learning to read in kindergarten. Reading Research Quarterly 30(4), 908–933.
10 Ritchie, S. J. & Bates, T. C. (2013). Enduring Links From Childhood Mathematics and Reading Achievement to Adult Socioeconomic Status. Psychological Science.