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Babies & Toddlers

 

Learning language is an innate ability for all children.   Deaf babies can easily acquire language visually and naturally.  American Sign Language is a visual language with its own syntax and grammar that all children can learn.  Even hearing babies learn signs since they can manipulate their hands earlier than their vocal chords.  Sign language activates the language cortex (previously called the auditory cortex) of the brain and correlates to stronger English language learning and often accelerates their spoken English skills.

“The human brain does not discriminate between the hands and the tongue.
People discriminate.”
--Dr. Laura Ann Pettito, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscientist

Let us share with you the possibilities for  your Deaf child so you can see how your child can blossom!  As a new parent of a Deaf child you may have more questions than answers.


Contact Laura T. Petersen:
ltpetersen@csdf-cde.ca.gov
510 794-3751