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Will teaching my child sign language delay their speech?
Speech is one of the most complex processes humans carry out. It involves sorting through thoughts and information, deciding how to respond, organizing words, and putting together the motor plan for producing these words. The development of speech is a complicated process that can cause frustration when there is a gap between what a child wants to communicate and what a child is able to communicate.
Many families successfully use sign language to help bridge this communication gap. This does not delay a child’s speech; rather, it encourages a child to communicate with others. When a child is able to use speech effectively, it will become the default communication method and sign language is often times abandoned.
Kayla Berryman, MA, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech Therapist | Taylor Physical Therapy
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