Tim-the-Hermit wrote:Thanks, NHB, I appreciate it. I think a bi-lingual background helped me. I found this link the other week and it didn't surprise me at all; from Gallaudet, no less:
Good article. I think I told you that I took ASL at Gallaudet.
I have heard some anecdotes recently of hearing children whose speech development is delayed. They become frustrated when unable to express their wishes. When they were taught some ASL, even though their physical speech was absent, they could ask for what they wanted in sign language. Their temperaments improved, and the entire family's life became more peaceful and productive.
These are anecdotes that suggest further studies. Perhaps the use of sign language could enhance language development in all children, regardless of whether hearing is present.
(Edited to repair a typo.)