Hello I may well edit this post and have a picture of the special girl if mummy lets me or perhaps it will remain without a photo. The thought behind this post and there will be a update in around 6 months time just to let you know how this little girl is getting along.
I will call her daisy for now and Daisy's mum contacted me when Daisy was a wee baby and explained that she was found to be Deaf but had no idea how Deaf and how would baby signing help.
My answer was that signing would help communicate using signs and also as we are hearing we can still say the word as we sign to help with lip reading and if she interacted with Deaf people she would still no the signs and would learn all of the body language and non manual features and BSL grammar as it is signed in a very different way as we in the UK speak English for example English grammar is "what is your name"? and BSL grammar is "your name what" ? the question is always at the end of the sentence, now I have no idea what so ever about ASL as I live in the UK.
Any way that was one thought as there is a big debate about whether Deaf children should learn sign or whether they should not and some people will frown upon it. So as long as we still say the word and sign the child will learn to lip read as well as sign.
The other thing I mentioned was that if she has an operation and has a cochlear implant and is able to hear in the future she will be learning sounds, now if she already knows some signs these signs will be a link to words and also with talking as signing Daisy will be able to understand the sign and then understand what the word means and link it all up.
It is a good thing to use lots of props and also read lots of books and use some signs with the pictures etc and also explain the story.
Now this beautiful little girl has had a cochlear implant since July 2012 she is now 14 months old and is November so has had the implant for 4 1/2 months and by gum she understands things and you just think she is equivalent to a 4 1/2 month old well in actual fact a baby can hear inside the mothers womb, so Daisy now has the same hearing advantage of a 4 1/2 month old baby, she though has a family that sing to her all the time and her mummy showed me a clip of the family singing wind the bobbin up and Daisy joined in with pointing to the ceiling and pointing to the floor she pointed to the window and the door wow. Daisy will sign food to daddy when he forgets to feed her and she is making sounds also and points to many things. At 14 months a toddler may have uttered a first word and is capable of saying words earlier but not perfectly such as bake for Blake etc, by 16 months children are capable of saying around 30 - 50 words. But this is a guide and many children are not interacted with and there fore naturally will not speak until later.
I am interested to see how Daisy will progress, she is already making noises trying to copy and has a great family that really want to help her.
We will keep you posted.
I am a mother of 4, teach baby signing and also BSL level 2 qualified, love TKD and much more.