An adult and a child are seated together at a table. The adult is wearing bunny ears. She teaches the child the sign for "bunny".

Most researchers agree that Deaf children do better in school if they learn sign language in infancy or early childhood. But many programs that serve Deaf infants and young children do not use sign language. Some even discourage sign language. The author of this article explains how early intervention services can support families in learning sign language. They also explain how the Canadian government can improve policy to support sign language for all Deaf children.

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