Have you used sign-language with your late-talking child? Why did you? How much (just nouns, or full-on conversational)?
How did it turn out?
I have another thread running up here about my son, almost 3, but thought I'd address this one separately.
My son talks 24/7, has a great vocabulary, but is delayed in communicative-speech and has real pronunciation issues (limited and repetitive consonants).
But he Loves to Learn and show off what he knows!
He has a hearing-impaired friend in his daycare and they've been watching sign-language videos. He Loves it! Completely mesmerized (so I'm told) and loves to share with me the new colors and nouns he's learned. So... I've downloaded an app to teach ME a bit more.
I see a few things here... and am really interested in your insights...
1 - sign-language would be amazing to know, PERIOD. For me, my son, for everyone in the world. 100% awesomeness.
I love to learn, he loves to learn, why not.
2 - it could really help us... if we could learn enough. Right now the agak-agah-kah-ga-cak with excitement... yeah, I wish I knew what he was saying! But that might, realistically be the entire world of sign-language. He's telling me a story in his fantastical 2 1/2yr old brain. That would require extensive knowledge of sign-language . His simple nouns and most day-to-day speaking... I understand. For it to HELP us, we would both have to know So Much beyond just nouns and simple statements.
3 - Is there any way that learning sign-language hinders verbal speaking? Maybe I don't know enough about child- and speech-development... is all knowledge just knowledge? Like learning two vocal languages, one does not negate or hinder the other, right? Or could sign-language become a dependence that tells you... learning vocalization isn't so important because she understands my hands.
Right now we're having fun with colors and nouns. And he's become more adamant about it, when I say "Stop"... he makes the sign back to me like... mommy, say it This Way. So he's totally in to it, but right now it's more for fun. I'm just curious about moving forward.