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Sign language for infants: Signing amounts to less chaos in infant room at YMCA Childcare Center


By Carolyn Lange

Staff Writer

When meals are served in the infant room of the YMCA Childcare Center, something is missing -- eardrum-breaking noise.

The typical crying, squawking, grunting and clatter of bowls being thrown overboard that one would expect in a room with half a dozen pre-toddlers had been a daily occurrence until a couple years ago. That's when the teachers in the infant room began teaching the children simple sign language to communicate their needs.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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