Teaching little kids sign language

United States
January 21, 2007 3:15pm CST
My little cousin was taught sign language before she could talk. That way she could comunnicate without words and would be as frusterated. If she wanted or needed something she could sign it instead of just crying or going waa waa goo. Is this a good thing to do? I think yes because then they can comunicat and feel like they are getting their point across. If they need to go to the bathroom they just sign it instead of waa waa poop. If they are thirsty they can sign bottle or drink instead of waaaaaaaaaaaa. It might not be a good idea though because then they might not have the urge to learn to actually talk. They may just rely on the sign language. What do you think?
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@missyd79 (3442)
• United States
21 Jan 07
my cousin's wife taught their son sign laungage also before he could talk and he is now 3 and just finally started talking about 6 months ago. so yes i think it does delay them walking to talk, but it is also a great skill to have. so i guess i do not know how to answer. i am on the fence about this
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@sarah22 (3981)
• United States
21 Jan 07
i think it would be great, at our day care we did teach the little ones some basci signs, its good for them and less fustration for others. he or she is lucky
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Yeah, it does sound like it could be good and bad. I would rather let my daughter do the baby talk part until she's ready for real words.