i can't vote.
Too bad, I can't vote because there is no option for "I have been born deaf .. and can't speak fluently". =/
But, I think you should change your poll to have a multiple-choice poll. Just in my opinion.
Summercamp vs Holiday in Holland with her Dutch family and neighbors... Learning sign or learning more speech..Kids have a more plastic ability to pick up languages. Maybe instead of sending her to sign class, you can send her to a summer camp where she would be fully immersed and have fun playing and learning at the same time.
Very true, and Lotte will determine that date...I hope you have a definite date in mind for her to learn sign - not just "later". When there's a specific goal you wish to reach by a certain date, it's more likely to happen than just "later".
you haven't seen me sign, Cloggy! I am in no way fluent, in fact, next week I'm putting myself through "remedial training" to clean up my sloppy basic signing and get moving past the wall I've hit.
you'll get there!
Does your daughter sign proficiently? as in better than you?
We are at the point of diverging: i have more vocab, but she's more fluent, she's at age-level proficiency. I'm not! I'm taking a workshop every Friday starting next week to ramp up. I'm on a board with Deaf requiring much more advanced conversational and technical vocabulary skills than have. 5 y o ASL won't cut it.
I wish other parents follow same path. Vocab is not important especially for her age just like hearing children. It's the mode of communication that's more important and I can see that both of you can communicate each others' thoughts & intentions effectively and fluently.
To treat one as a hearing person is a very very dangerous path to go down to and the result is already apparent. The studies means nothing when you are already seeing many of us here that disputed the findings otherwise.
I wanted to, I did, I can sign. Not signlanguage though...
But you have to realise that parents do no NOT sign because they do not want to learn it, but because they want to focus on hearing..
Learning multiple languages at the same time is not a problem for a child, but it can slow the process down.
Like with Lotte, we decided that we wouild use Dutch AND Norwegian for her. Her development would have gone much faster when we had only Norwegian (since we live here) but then, she needs to communicate with the grandparents in Holland as well..
Had we continued with signlanguage, this would have had an impact on her speech-development plus... we are in no way a rolemodel to teach her signlanguage... meaning even more time from her already busy schedule driving to signlanguage courses...
In the future she will learn it.. She shows interest when she see it...