A preschool educator who is hearing impaired teaches American Sign Language to infants and students who can hear. Theresa Lauzon, ASL director at Carousel Preschool in Norwalk, Conn., says the practice teaches communication skills before children's vocal cords are ready for speech. "Instead of crying and screaming, they [the babies] use their hands to talk," Lauzon said. "There's a bonding experience with the parents and with me as the teacher."

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