Do you know how to make and/or read sign language?

@Bee1955 (3885)
United States
January 21, 2007 10:48pm CST
My best friend's brother had meningitis as a toddler and lost his hearing. As he grew the whole family tokj classes on dign language. My friend bought me a book about sign language and would help me each tine I visited her. I really did well with it and today her deaf brother and his deaf wife has 4 all-hearing children. age 8 to 16, who all "sign". As I matured, I noticed many of these "signs" are very popular with younger ones and in our culture as many 'normal' schools included it in their curriculum when a hearing impaired child(ren) was placed in their school due to mainstreaming. ALmost everyone knows the international "I love you" hand sign, what more do you?
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@stailgate (2363)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I know actually two types of sign language, regular, and baby. We were told that my son was deaf when he was just a baby, before a year old, so we had to do baby sign language, which is not at all like reg. We had to make very simple signs for him like rubbing our belly for hungry, or our eye for sad. When he was about 3 1/2 we were told that he was also autistic. We had to work slow and start with reg signs that were age appropriate for him. We later found out by specialist, that he was not deaf, his ear drums had ruptured as a baby, causing scar tissue to cover his ear drum muffling sounds. There for causing the lack of speech and what seemed like signs of being deaf. I do not know what it took them so long but my husband and I were very mad at the doctors. We feel like they took away the first three years of his life and put him and us threw un nessassary test and trials. We are not second guessing if he is really autistic. He has been in a special school for specail need children sence 18 months, and they have been working him. He just turned 4 and knows how to count to 25, all his shapes, colors, animals ect. He can sit down and play video games for teens on the ps2 and with in a matter of a day or two beat the game, and is very very good at puzzles. I hope one day we can prove he is not autistic as much as he is not deaf.
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• United Arab Emirates
23 Jan 07
no i dont
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I know some sign,I sat with a deaf guy for awhile. If you are fluent in sign yo can get a great high paying job as an interpreter. Personally, I thunk they should teach sign in school, as kids learn their letters and spelling they can learn to sign. How fast they could learn at 4 or 5 years old.
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