ASL for Infants

Tom Kysilko pds at VISI.COM
Thu Mar 15 05:07:29 UTC 2001

Lennard Davis, a hearing person with deaf parents, is making the rounds
with a book, _My Sense of Silence: Memoirs of a Childhood With Deafness_.
On the March 2 Fresh Air he claimed that his first "word", signed through
the bars of his crib, was modified ASL for milk.  He also said that he
talks to himself in ASL.

At 11:10 AM 3/13/2001 -0600, emckean at ENTERACT.COM wrote:
>Interesting article. We've been signing in a lackadaisical way with Henry
>since about eight months, and he uses three signs with some regularity now
>at nearly a year -- "light", "cat", and "water" -- which not so
>coincidentally happen to be three things he is VERY interested in. (He
>does, however, extend "cat" to all furry wingless creatures smaller than
>horses!) He does not use these signs outside of the presence of their

  Tom Kysilko        Practical Data Services
  pds at       Saint Paul MN USA

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