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-===== Theories Behind Sign Language and Bilingualism ===== 
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-**Threshold Theory:** There are levels of linguistic proficiency that bilingual children must hit to avoid cognitive deficits. 
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-**Universal Language System Theory:** All languages share the same cognitive networks even though two languages require different oral-motor functions. 
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-The neural-organization is similar for spoken language and sign language. 
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-Bilingual ASL and English speaking infants reach the same developmental milestones as monolingual English speaking children. ​ 
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-There are cognitive advantages to being bilingual including increased creativity, learning abilities and social competence. 
  
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