Deaf newborn sees the lights, movements, colors, and faces in the environment, but the words spoken go unheard.
CYNTHIA NEESE BAILES, C AROL J. ERTING, LYNNE C . ERTING, AND CARLENE THUMANN-PREZIOSO, 2009
According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA),
You CAN have language without having speech.
You might be concerned about teaching only sign language as it is your family's communication method. Sign language will blossom the language part of the brain. Eventually, your child will start developing bilingual with secondary language (English) with your and possible outside supports. This part of the website will share different ways to support your child's language development including sign language, English literacy, and listening. Additional activities that support language development are sharing the bottom of the page.
Early Language Milestones
Early language milestones will help you track your child's language development. The first five years of a child's life are the most critical period of language development. First milestone chart, early language acquisition milestones track the children who use American Sign Language, including CODA children. We also included (second milestone chart) for children who also develop spoken language. NOTE: Every child develops differently, and actively observe your child will help you keep track of their development.
Start the language development, including sign language, from the first day your child is born. Chat, Read, and Rhyme together every day! Watch your child growing through the milestones. Milestones also will help you when it comes to IFSP/IEP if your child needs it.
Sign Language is a dance with words, to be enjoyed from babyhood, through childhood to adulthood...
CODA children can use either milestones but don't be much concern of speaking ability. CODA children will learn spoken English as times goes. The child might show some ability later than stated in this milestone. They often make process and catch up when they started school. if you have more concerns about your child, you can ask for early intervention in child's school district/county.
Youtube Playlist (There are other playlists in the categories, check them out too)
With links to the playlists in this and other pages, I also have list my favorite channels for ASL QUALITY videos for young children signers are listed below; if you follow/subscribe to these channels, you'll be the first to know when they post new content (signed stories, ASL rhymes, chants, number stories, educational content, etc):
RMDS ASL Education
CSD Early Childhood Education
ECC ASL Storytime Videos, Rochester School for the Deaf
AASD Accessible Materials Project
Rochester School for the Deaf
ECE at the Indiana School for the Deaf
Wisconsin School for the Deaf