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I read that teaching infants sign language before they can speak likely helps them fight off Alzheimer's and Dementia in their senior years. Also, their IQ is higher than those that were not taught sign language.

Article: SeniorSouth/Paul D. Nussbaum: Sign language may be defense against Alzheimer's disease. http://old.post-gazette.com/neigh_south/20010912snussbaum0912p8.asp

I believe this practice should become more commonplace.
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lorreen wrote:


XxDarkSasuxX wrote:

Maybe while they were younger.. Not before they speak though. The more important goal should be teaching them to communicate with the masses rather than being able to communicate with those that cant peak their native tongue.


What I've heard (from people I know who have used sign language with their young children) as an advantage of teaching sign language before they can speak is that when both the baby and the caregivers learn simple sign language, it can improve communication, baby gets less frustrated, and so forth. Basically that the cognitive skills for language are there even before babies have the vocal skills for speech. It of course also has the advantage of giving them a second language skill, but there is also other pragmatic advantage of making communication easier.

I've not heard anything to suggest that learning sign language very young slows down their learning of vocal learning, so it's kind of a win win situation.


Yes, signing helps them develop a better understanding of language faster. It is communication. I use some sign language at work. One of the greatest advantages came when my co-workers and I were out for a celebratory dinner. We managed to chat over the loud music quite well because we resorted to signing instead of futile shouting.

When it comes to learning language we understand more than we can say for a while. That's where signing comes in. Babies can physically sign when they can't physically form the verbal words. When I learnt Spanish I always understood more than I could actually say and reply. It was the same learning French.
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No. They should be made to work down the coal mines and then fight 3 world war, just like I did. It made a man out of me and didn't do me any harm FROGS FROGS FROGS FROGS FROGS!
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macht_gut wrote:

I read that teaching infants sign language before they can speak likely helps them fight off Alzheimer's and Dementia in their senior years. Also, their IQ is higher than those that were not taught sign language.

Article: SeniorSouth/Paul D. Nussbaum: Sign language may be defense against Alzheimer's disease. http://old.post-gazette.com/neigh_south/20010912snussbaum0912p8.asp

I believe this practice should become more commonplace.


where's the actual research article.. was this study ever published in a reputable journal bc this sounds like bs and i'm p sure no educated developmental psychologist would even consider this as viable. iq is mostly genetic it's not like you can get past a certain sd by learning sign language
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Why not learn sign language as they learn to speak? You can't stop a baby from learning to speak. If you hold of teaching a baby to speak, in favor of teaching it sign language first, then the baby will grow up with learning difficulties.

So, why not teach both speaking AND sign language?
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