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  • With our first child, we started signing with him at about seven months. It was very effective: he picked up the signs quickly, and was able to become an effective communicator. We didn't use all that many signs (let's see... food, milk, water, more, please, thank you, help, mommy, daddy... I think that's it), and by the time he was 12 months or so he started replacing the signs with English. He doesn't use them any more, by the time he was 18 months his English vocabulary far outweighed his ability to s
    • We have a girl on the way (90% certain from the ultrasound) and it will be interesting to see how she does.

      I've read that girls learn language faster and develop fine motor skills earlier in general to boys and my wife's experience as a teacher agrees with this for the most part.

      We try to use ASL but have fallen short on a couple occasions, mostly because we didn't look up the sign. My son basically signs "all done" for toast because when the toaster oven dings we would say the toast is all done and I think he only had a sign for "all done".

      I would say my son's signing is sloppy because his fine motor skills kind of suck. For signs like: meat, peas, grapes, melon and such he mostly just points to the back his hand. He does better about some days. We joking say all of his favorite foods are "back of the hand" foods because of this.

      His spoke vocabulary is ok, maybe 8-10 words but I figure he will be slow to speak because he has a good sized signing vocabulary.

      Like all things human it's more of a probability distribution than anything.

      I think the simple signs really does wonders for a child. They can get basic wants understand much sooner or at least the parents can understand more clearly sooner.