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Our Health Library information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Please be advised that this information is made available to assist our patients to learn more about their health. Our providers may not see and/or treat all topics found herein.

Sign language

Sign language is the use of hand and body movements to communicate. It includes hand movements for entire words or phrases and finger positions for each letter of the alphabet.

Sign language may help people who are not able to pronounce words clearly or who are hard of hearing. A qualified professional teaches sign language.

Teaching a child sign language does not delay a child's ability to talk if they are able to learn to talk.