Sign Language Use for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Babies: The Evidence Supports ItDrawing from a large body of research, there is a clear argument favoring the use of sign language with all children, regardless of their hearing status. This argument is based on three basic points:
- Early language learning experiences affect other areas of development and are critical to children’s future success.
- Sign language provides the earliest possible mode through which children can learn expressive language skills.
- All children can benefit from the use of sign language, with no risk to other language skills
- Hearing children
- Deaf children
- Hard of hearing children
- Any child benefiting from technological auditory assistance
- The brain is most receptive to language acquisition during “sensitive periods” early in a child’s development.
- Deaf and hard of hearing children who receive early intervention services have been found to have better language outcomes.
- High levels of family involvement have been found to produce greater language development outcomes in deaf and hard of hearing children.
- Acquiring a complete first language during early childhood is critical for later reading comprehension.
- Learning two languages (that is, American Sign Language and English) is advantageous for deaf and hard of hearing children.
- A child’s language foundation is an important factor in spoken language development.
All Visual Language Articles
Watch an ASL lesson with Shaylee from the Netflix move “Feel the Beat” and learn some of the American Sign Language signs used in the film.
Watch this ASL video of the book “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch – a powerful reminder how unconditional love between a parent and child.
ASDC and Hello Monday just launched a free web app that uses machine learning to give you instant feedback on your ASL fingerspelling skills!
Watch this fun ASL music video of the song “Fireflies” by Owl City performed by 22 students at the DPAN ASL Music Camp.
This week’s ASL video takes a deep dive into the word “able” and gives examples of its uses in English and ASL.
Learn ASL! ASDC is offering affordable online ASL classes in July. Sign up today.
Learn American Sign Language with ASDC! This week’s video features an ASL retelling of the book Counting Coconuts by Wendi J Silvano. Join a group of rainforest friends as they learn to count faster by counting in sets!
If your child is 10-15 years old and is new to American Sign Language, this class is for them!
Join us for ASL Story Time featuring the book “Boy” by Phil Cummings. The main character is deaf and uses his powers of observation to solve a conflict in his kingdom.
Learn American Sign Language with ASDC! This week’s video explores the concept of AROUND and all the ways the word is used in ASL and English.