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Helping hands: Sign language gets thumbs up for kids …

Helping hands: Sign language gets thumbs up for kids
Boston Herald, MA 
Move over, Dora. Today’s kids are adding yet another language to their repertoires.
Teaching sign language to children and toddlers has gone mainstream, as more parents use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with their youngsters. And it recently got the Disney stamp of approval: The insanely popular Baby Einstein video learning series released “My First Signs” last month.

While ASL has long been taught to help hearing-impaired children and kids with developmental delays communicate, only recently has it become widespread among typically developing children. Parents say it’s a key tool to bridge the speech gap between infancy and the start of language, helping to avoid tantrums of frustration and foster preschool learning.

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