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