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