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From:  Lourdes Tollette
Date:  Thu Feb 11, 1999  3:32 am
Subject:  Re: Children Learning SignWriting


I believe Deaf babies and hearing babies are not the same comprehension at
the same age. I have notice that I am deaf and my hearing son Gabriel was a
lot different than my other 2 kids. He hasn't talk till He was 4 years old.
You know why, Because When my hearing husband home a lot and have spend a
lot time with my oldest son ( Mikey). Mikey talk really well because his
father is around. But the second son (Gabe) , He more spend a lot time with
me than his father because he had a long hours from work and work on the
weekend a lot. He wasn't much home. So, I am not very good speech. I
always sign to them since they were newborn. They sign to me when they
were 7 months old. They first sign to me "Milk" , "Cookie", "Da Da" and
"Ma Ma". But they don't talk like sentence...

-----Original Message-----
From: Valerie Sutton [SMTP:]
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 1999 10:18 PM
To: SignWriting List
Subject: Re: Children Learning SignWriting

>Actually, my understanding it has more to do with physical development and
>readiness. Babies are more physically ready to coordinate movements with
>their hands at a younger age than they are to coordinate the muscles in
>their mouths and throats to produce speech at that age. If you think
>it, it makes sense... babies at 6-7 months can grab stuff, so it's not a
>step to produce the handshape and movements needed to sign, but babies at
>6-7 months still need help to burp-- if they can't burp, they surely can't
>produce speech!
>--Don Grushkin

Hi Don - and yes this makes a great deal of sense - thanks for the
information. This explains the physical side of it.

I am curious about research on comprehension...does this mean that the
signing babies and the speaking babies both have the same comprehension at
the same age, but the signing babies can express themselves sooner because
of motor skills, and the hearing babies are frustrated and have to wait
longer to express their understanding through speech? Is it only the
physical that is holding them back, or is comprehension of speech learned
later, and comprehension of signing learned sooner?

I just wondered if comprehension of a signed language might be sooner
because of its visual nature?

Valerie ':-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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