Here is an interesting story about a woman who teaches sign language to young children.
Her clientele is the modern parent, too. They’re erudite parents who want to offer their offspring some form of education before they’re even out of diapers. Woolley says her classes are best suited to infants between 6 months and 15 months. The parents are not deaf, nor are the children. These are parents hoping to translate some of that baby babble into meaningful conversation.
Perhaps these parents also want their children to have an advantage over monolingual children as well.
One of the advantages of sign language Ms. Woolley discusses in her interview is that it allows parents to “have a conversation with their 1-year-old.”