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Old 04-06-2009, 09:47 AM   #21
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E hasDown syndrome hears fine. but we sign and talk. he knows a good many signs so does his 4 yo brother.

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My daughter doesn't have hearing problems but she's speech delayed. She signs about 10 signs now at 15months and recognizes over 20 signs reliably. We aren't religious about it, but I do make an attempt to sign frequently and her sisters know a little sign and they communicate with her that way as well. I suppose we sign more than we talk because I always have people asking me if she's hearing impaired when we go places because they see us signing to her and her signing back. I think we started right around 5 or 6 months old when it looked like she was paying attention and enjoying watching us.
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Hi! I've been an American Sign Language interpreter for four years with Deaf students--several of which had severe language delays...So, I cannot stress the importance of early language acquisition! With that said, signing with your child should happen immediately. Just as you would speak to a hearing child, language immersion is appropriate from birth. I sign with our hearing son, who is seven months old. He recognizes 'mommy', 'milk', 'no' and 'more'--and has signed 'milk'.

If a hearing impairment is found in your child, sign language will only HELP with spoken language acquition. The grammer, structure and use of American Sign Language will root a foundation for language learning during the critical period of development--from birth to around 12 years old. Get signing mama! And, good luck!! If you need any resources and/or help, PM me
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Hi! I've been an American Sign Language interpreter for four years with Deaf students--several of which had severe language delays...So, I cannot stress the importance of early language acquisition! With that said, signing with your child should happen immediately. Just as you would speak to a hearing child, language immersion is appropriate from birth. I sign with our hearing son, who is seven months old. He recognizes 'mommy', 'milk', 'no' and 'more'--and has signed 'milk'.

If a hearing impairment is found in your child, sign language will only HELP with spoken language acquition. The grammer, structure and use of American Sign Language will root a foundation for language learning during the critical period of development--from birth to around 12 years old. Get signing mama! And, good luck!! If you need any resources and/or help, PM me
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