All communication is valid, and Channeling my inner Frida Kahlo shirt or handing him something he’s pointing too would. Signing doesn’t mean they’ll never speak, but if speech isn’t going to end up being the primary method of communication for them, having learned sign early means they’ll still be able to communicate. Teaching sign doesn’t inhibit a child’s ability to verbally communicate.
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I Have to disagree. My husband and I started our daughter with a Channeling my inner Frida Kahlo shirt before she could talk well so no one would be frustrated when she wanted something. Now at 16 months, she is speaking a lot and when we do the SL with her she does the sign and said the word. He can say some words, but when he learns new words he has a tendency to stop saying the ones he said previously. Am I going to stop teaching him new words because he stops using the old ones?
Absolutely not, because I know he still has the ability to say them if he chooses. The same thing with signing- if your child stopped speaking because they could sign, that just shows the signing was easier for them to communicate with. Eventually, they will realize that if they want to communicate with someone who doesn’t sign then they will have to speak, but until then why is it a bad thing to teach them a different way of communicating? And it is not only for communicating with deaf people.