Helped: 69 votes (64%)
Hurt: 9 votes (8%)
Neither: 13 votes (12%)
I don't know: 17 votes (16%)
Total of 108 votes*
*I added my vote to the results since I never voted before time ran out.
A little background information. Last week I was watching that new show, The Doctors. They talked a bit about sign language and brought up the concern that sign language can delay verbal language development. Dr. Sears is on that show and he said it might delay verbal development initially, but that it can actually help as they are older to increase the number of words they can say. I don't know what age is "older." My impression at the moment was that "older" meant around 3, but I have no idea why I thought that now.
I have strong feelings that sign language helps language development. See Sign Language : http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/03/sign-language.html. I know that programs like "Signing Time" claim sign language helps language development. So I thought I would do a poll to see what others who had done sign language estimated the effect was. That is the reason for this poll at this time.