Date: Wed Feb 20, 2002 4:29
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: FRENCH SWISS:Sign Writing Questions
February 20, 2002
Young children using SignWriting....
And then there is Brazil! And....and...and...and... ;-)
So in summary, Anny, SignWriting is used with young deaf children in
Brazil, Nicaragua, Germany, and Albuquerque, New Mexico...plus in
several other places...Several years ago, in Tara, Ontario, Canada,
SignWriting was used with seven born-deaf native signers, of which
five were young deaf children - so from our point of view, the age of
the children is not an issue - they all love it!
Actually, young children learn and use SignWriting a lot faster than
the adults, who express fear and worry about details...but the
children just love it...and they read very very quickly - it is
nothing like our experiences with hearing children and spoken
languages, because SignWriting has a pictorial component that makes
it easier to read than spoken language...so rather than worrying
about it - just try it with one or two children - and you might find
it to be a positive experience!