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"It was a blessing in disguise, since we wanted to learn a new language anyway, and we enjoy it."
Learning sign language
"I had to sign in public for the first time -- that was quite a big step."
How early should you start learning a (first) language?
"The sign language classes evolve alongside your child."
"I learn all kinds of signs from Guus."
Why is it important that parents learn sign language too?
"I think it's good, learning sign language from both a hearing and a deaf teacher."
Why is the first year of life so important for language acquisition?
Is it difficult for parents to learn sign language?
"When family counseling started, we were taking sign language classes."
Why is it important for children to learn sign language if they have a CI?
"In Norway they offer sign language to babies at school."
How much language input is necessary for proper acquisition of a language?
"Guus' first sign was MOMMY!"
"The best response is when people ask: could we join you for one of those sign language classes?"
Can children learn sign language at school?
Why is it important to start learning sign language before your child gets a CI?
"When Guus was three years old we were taught sign language at home."
"At the day care they watched the Lotte & Max DVDs with the children, and that's how they learned how to sign."
"We run into all kinds of situations where we're forced to use sign language. That's quite exciting."
How can you learn sign language as a parent?
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