Sussi *7.7.86 - 18.6.09*
- Jan 13, 2004
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Liebling:-))) said:I beleive that the children should learn their parents's own languages, not learn their children's language.
Cookie Monster said:You presented something contradicting here.
You stated children should learn their parents' own language.
What if Deaf parents had hearing children and those hearing children had to learn sign language in order to communicate with their parents? This is where I think children should have exposure to two languages, spoken and signed.
Absolutely. Childeren love sign language.kuifje75 said:......Sometimes I noticed that the hearing brothers and sisters would become so fascinated and learn sign language much better than their parents. A child's mind can absorb a lot of things in their first few years. We encouraged that the whole family learn sign language....
Cookie Monster said:I'm sorry I'm disagree with you there Liebling. It is healthy to debate about this as we both always agree to disagree about this with our opinions. We both know we love to debate.
You see I firmly believe exposure to both ASL and speech for both deaf and hearing babies are healthy and beneficial for communication. Babies can express their frustrations and emotions really well if they have both languages. ASL is a language on its own with syntaxes and structure whereas English is a language on its own. Babies cannot grasp English until a much later age so it is best to teach them sign language now at the same time we teach them how to talk.
It is not as if we are trying to "dumb down" their intelligence with ASL. It is quite the opposite, Liebling. Babies that learn ASL at a very young age and learn how to talk too as well do grow up to be over-achievers in their future lives.
We do need to expose babies to both sign language and spoken language.
Cloggy said:Absolutely. Childeren love sign language.
When telling a story in sign to my hearing childeren they loved it. I'm sure it's to do with the expression on the fase, mimics. Adults have to learn that again, for children it comes naturally. (I've heared that people who speak look quite boring compared to people who sign.)
Me and my daughter are hearing, but my daughter has a chromosome disorder, and we've known from the get-go that she may not be able to really talk to 5 or 6, so she's been in speech therapy since 1 1/2/2, and now is 4. Her SPEECH THERAPIST outta all people, recommended ASL, and was who first taught me and her our first signs! She said that some speech therapist dont agree, but its more an oldschool thought, that recent studies have proved that ASL is like a visual aide for children which helps them retain the words they learn along with the signs. Recently she's been making a lot of progress and dropping some signs even though I'm pushing her to keep up with ASL to keep her bilingual since I'm studying and becoming more fluent, and it still does help make things easier around the house when I can't tell what she's saying.
On the other hand, my daughter's babysitter is Deaf (with CI) and her daughter's speech therapist isn't for ASL... we take our daughters to the same practice, but it depends on the speech therapist views, but I think its a shame because her mom being Deaf and fluent in ASL, the speech therapist has no business saying things like that especially when the exact opposite is being researched and proven now that it can actually help.