Young children learning SignWriting?

Anne-Claude Pr=?ISO-8859-1?B?6Q==?=laz Girod acpg at VTXNET.CH
Thu Jun 22 20:36:31 UTC 2006

I have no experience for now about teaching SW to the kids but I think
reading skills are quite easy with SW because the sign on the papers has
lots of similarities with the real sign (iconicity)... really young children
can easily understand SW words...

I think it's not that easy for writing SW...
in order to know how to write a sign... one has to be able to thinks on
one's own language... (we need metalinguistic skills which are acquired
later on in the language development..)...

but reading  and writing sign languages with SW  is for sure less difficult
than  reading  and writing an oral language!! (again because it's more
iconic!!) so I bet we can start pretty early to teach deaf kids about this
wonderfull system!

my 2 cents


> De : "Valerie Sutton" <sutton at>
> Répondre à : sw-l at
> Date : Thu, 15 Jun 2006 09:22:39 -0700
> À : sw-l at
> Objet : [sw-l] Young children learning SignWriting?
> SignWriting List
> June 15, 2006
> Shane Gilchrist O hEorpa wrote:
>> news from our side in Belfast.
>> We had our first Education Subcommittee yesterday and we have started
>> to plan the Playgroup - we were discussing how SW can be introduced -
>> we don't know if SW can be taught to younger kids say aged 3?
>> Which age shall SW be introduced to kids then?
> Hi Shane!
> My experience has been that any age is fine! Reading and writing is
> good for people whether they be age 3 or age
> In Albuquerque, New Mexico, I know of a child age 5 that was
> introduced to SignWriting and she could read it quickly...teacher Dr.
> Cecilia Flood...I can find that documentation if you wish...
> Stefan...what age are they learning in Germany?
> Juliette...what age are they learning in France?
> Kathleen or Thierry...what age in Belgium?
> James...what age in Nicaragua?
> Val ;-)

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