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Babies learn sign language to communicate

By Julie Saccone

Carefully positioning their thumbs while clenching their fingers in a fist, a group of mothers stare into the eyes of their bewildered babies while repeating aloud the word “milk.” The young infants let out shrills, smiles and babbles as their mothers, with voices rising and falling in excitement, repeat the sign and its meaning in the hope it will improve their infant’s communication skills.

The six mothers and one grandmother are enrolled in a program offered by the Saskatoon office of the Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services that aims to teach mothers and their hearing babies how to sign. The organization is using the SIGN with your BABY method created by researcher Joseph Garcia, which is based on American sign language.

Read the original article at: The StarPhoenix

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