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Learning sign language early improves language skills

Research on Deaf children says that learning sign language early improves language skills and literacy. This summarizes 20 years of research.
Cover of the publication entitled "Visual Language & Visual Learning Research Brief: Advantages of Early Visual Language". Below the title is a montage of two boys signing either to each other or to themselves.

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Research about Deaf children has found that learning sign language early improves language skills and literacy. This article summarizes more than 20 years of research about how sign language impacts Deaf children. Deaf children who learn sign language at a very young age are usually better at reading when they are older. This includes children who have cochlear implants.

This article was published in 2011.

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