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How early should you start learning a (first) language?
Sharen Unsworth (Radboud University): multilingualism
Learning sign language
"I think it's good, learning sign language from both a hearing and a deaf teacher."
Why is it important to start learning sign language before your child gets a CI?
"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."
"When Guus was three years old we were taught sign language at home."
"I learn all kinds of signs from Guus."
How can you learn sign language as a parent?
"Guus' first sign was MOMMY!"
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."
"The sign language classes evolve alongside your child."
"I had to sign in public for the first time -- that was quite a big step."
"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."
"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 that parents learn sign language too?
Can children learn sign language at school?
Is it difficult for parents to learn sign language?
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