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