Sign language and young children
Last updated 6/12/2008 at Noon
When my younger son was very small, I was taking a class in American Sign Language and decided to teach him several signs to help him communicate with me and his dad.
Because he was a little less than a year old, my son’s speaking vocabulary consisted mainly of incomprehensible gurgling, and I wondered if my pre-verbal child could communicate with something other than words to let me know what he was thinking.
I quickly found that sign language and babies are made for each other.
Even though his verbal sentences were little more than “geba” (“get my bottle”) or “kere” (“c...