Young children learning SignWriting?

Stuart Thiessen sw at PASSITONSERVICES.ORG
Thu Jun 22 20:47:16 UTC 2006

Anne, I agree with you 100%. I think this can be one way to avoid the 
language gap that many deaf children face. If hearing parents could 
understand that they can invest in their child by giving them sign 
language in both "spoken" and written form at an early age, then they 
will not have that linguistic dysfunction that happens when they miss 
that window of language learning. With that language investment, then 
they can utilize the knowledge they have gained through the use of sign 
language to be able to learn what they can of spoken languages.

Someday ... someday ... :)


On Jun 22, 2006, at 15:36, Anne-Claude Prélaz Girod wrote:

> 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
> Anny
>> 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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