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