Communicating with babies using sign language

Ms Phoebe Heng (left), 39, teaches her son Micah Chan, three, how to sign “star fish”. Ms Heng and her husband Moses Chan, 39, are deaf, while their son has no hearing disability. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
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SINGAPORE - Toddler Amelie Chua knows how to say three words: "mama", "dada" and "cat". But the 13-month-old understands and communicates far more than that.

When her mother, Ms Applie Wan, 31, makes a gesture indicating "bath" - moving her fists in front of her chest - Amelie runs to the bathroom to have a wash.

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