What are the advantages of early BSL acquisition?
Deaf children, even with a cochlear implant, may find acquiring spoken language difficult. While speech is being acquired it is important children are exposed to BSL so as to acquire the skills of effective communication and also begin to grasp concepts especially those linked to abstract ideas such as time and space.
Early BSL input can act as a bridge later to speech and literacy. Children with signing parents have been found in several studies to have good communication, language, literacy and social-emotional development.
This means hearing parents and professionals need specific training in child friendly BSL. The family sign language curriculum was designed with this in mind.