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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...

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