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Learning American Sign Language benefits all babies, whether or not they can hear. Research has shown that infants pick up sign language earlier than spoken words, providing a clear path to language acquisition whether or not a cochlear implant will later be utilized.
The needs of all Deaf, Hearing, and DeafBlind babies are the same: love, communication, and forming relationships with their parents.
Because infants can start communicating in sign language earlier than they can speak, some researchers and clinicians recommend the teaching of sign language to typically developing children during their first 2 years of life (Acredolo & Goodwyn, 1996; Garcia, 1999). This is supported by recent findings that both spoken and signed languages are processed by the same regions of the brain (Campbell, MacSweeney & Waters (2008).