Sign Language Can Help Infants Communicate
March 31, 2003
HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA--Monday's Herald-Dispatch ran an article on how American Sign Language is helping children who are not deaf.
Researchers are finding that infants who are exposed to sign language communicate earlier and easily make the transition to verbal language.
But it's important that parents do not "teach" sign language, according to educator and researcher Joseph Garcia. He suggests parents just use signs when they interact with their infants, so the little ones can discover how to use them on their own.
"What I advocate is augmenting normal communication with signs," Garcia said. "Its a loving process that removes stress from the relationship . . . It empowers children."
"Sign language helps develop babies' communication skills" (Herald-Dispatch)