Wednesday, 28 November 2007
is a very useful system of language support. When I have used it with my son, it slows my speech down to a mnageable speed for him to assimilate and I only sign the key info. Despite anything well-meaning people tell you, as in 'Why are you teaching him another language?" - you're not. You are reinforcing spoken language. You speak and sign. Even if your child has no speech, signing and speaking to them keeps the linguistic pathways open in the brain until the child says their first words and even if they never do, they can still communicate with you.