Language, I mean. Their language astounds us every day.
I'm posting these videos to show parents (and plead with those parents) who have deaf kids that it's never too early nor too late to start signing with your kids!! The sooner, the better, but if you're a parent who, for whatever reason, chose not to sign with your kids, it's not too late to start. You may be scared when you hear that there is an optimal "language window" from birth to 4 or 5. You may feel nervous that you've let that window pass while chasing an "oral dream." Don't be nervous! Just start learning. Start signing! Start giving your child access to language. They can certainly work on speech and hearing as they grow, but don't deny them language NOW! :)
Here is Travis. At three years old, he had NO language. After four months with us, he's "re-reading" the book I just read to him. Sorry about the poor video quality. I was filming this at night in a dark room as the boys were preparing for bedtime. As for the jarring bumps, that's Tian, hitting my arm, trying to get my attention to watch what HE's signing.
Here's what Tian was doing. Tian can hear and will speak, but prefers signing right now. He's just 28 months, but can name everything in this book. He's not just regurgitating. Both boys use these words (and over 200 more) in context every day. And this is after just four months of exposure to ASL.