Wednesday, January 25, 2012

ASL wins again

Oh man.  If I could show this video to every person in the world I would.  These two boys were adopted by an American family from China.  Travis on the left is 3 years old and Deaf, and Tian on the right is 2 years old with partial hearing.  When they came home they had zero language skills.  6 months later both boys can communicate beyond just expressing basic needs, and "have more words than [the parents] can count".  This video shows how beneficial and just right sign language is for Deaf children.  It's accessible--they have eyes to see it and hands to use it.  In this clip they're not just using bare basic sign, they are relating to the book, correcting each other's sign, and making real world connections.  To be able to do all that they must know the language on a deeper level.  (in just 6 months??)  Perfect proof that sign is the best choice for Deaf children and another point, look how smart they are!  I don't know any other 3 year old helping a sibling "say" frog correctly.  To read more about their story check our the family's blog called "Signs of Life: The Brownie Chronicles".  I just became a recent follower and supporter.  Oh, and don't forget to watch the clip!