2010-01-23 / News

Using sign language with infants

Nicole Cashmer Nicole Cashmer Sign language is a growing form of communication between parents and infants.

It stimulates learning and teaches that crying is not the only way of communicating. It also lays an early foundation of communication for the hearing-impaired.

Most children are not developmentally ready to speak until approximately two years of age, but they are able to communicate with signs much earlier.

“Sign language is a wonderful tool that allows even very small children to express

themselves,” said Nicole Cashmer, who recently joined Dickinson Mental Health Center as a teacher trained in sign language.

Dickinson’s program in St. Marys for parents seeking to develop sign language skills to improve communications with their infants is accepting registrations. More information is available on the internet at dmhc.org.

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