Who are YOU? Share with us: Your name Where you work How long you’ve been in child care Whether or not you’ve used ASL with children, either personally or professionally What signs you’ve used and in what ways
Why use ASL with hearing children? Language comprehension long before verbal ability Intellectual stimulation Natural ability Preference for languages over pantomime It’s FUN!
Break into groups of 3 or 4. Briefly introduce yourself and where you work. Work together to list the possible benefits of using ASL with hearing children. These can be things you’ve personally experienced/witnessed or things you’ve heard about. Pick one person to be a spokesperson to share your list with the large group. Working Together
Early communication Fewer frustrations/tantrums Larger vocabularies Early literacy skills Higher IQ scores Brain health There are LOTS of benefits!
Break into groups again. Work together to list any negative things you may have heard about using ASL with children. Pick one person to be a spokesperson to share your list with the large group. Working Together
Common Myths… Causes speech delay Child is too old or already talking Puts too much pressure on the children It’s too hard It’s not a good use of my time
Supporting Research Signing Time Research Summary http://www.signingtime.com/resources/sign-language- research/ http://www.signingtime.com/resources/sign-language- research/ Sign 2 Me Research http://sign2me.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=vie w&id=17&Itemid=33 http://sign2me.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=vie w&id=17&Itemid=33 Baby Signs Research https://www.babysigns.com/index.cfm?id=64 https://www.babysigns.com/index.cfm?id=64 Baby Hands Productions Research http://www.mybabycantalk.com/content/information/research/ babyresearch.aspx http://www.mybabycantalk.com/content/information/research/ babyresearch.aspx Autism Research Institute http://legacy.autism.com/families/therapy/sign.htm http://legacy.autism.com/families/therapy/sign.htm
Supporting Articles How the brain develops http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/youth/jan- june97/brain_5-29.html http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/youth/jan- june97/brain_5-29.html People who learn sign language from birth use a brain region that those who learn to sign later in life can't access. http://web.archive.org/web/20020126214900/health.yaho o.com/search/healthnews?lb=s&p=id:7021 http://web.archive.org/web/20020126214900/health.yaho o.com/search/healthnews?lb=s&p=id:7021 A baby's brain can process language as early as 3 months of age, a French study suggests. http://www.healthscout.com/template.asp?page=newsde tail&ap=1&id=510662 http://www.healthscout.com/template.asp?page=newsde tail&ap=1&id=510662
Supporting Articles A growing number of parents and children have begun using American Sign Language as part of their daily communication. Some daycare centers even incorporate sign language into their daily curriculums. http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/3324/29 698.html#2 http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/3324/29 698.html#2 Teaching sign language to young students who can hear boosts their ability to read. http://www.healthscout.com/template.asp?page=newsDe tail&ap=1&id=109892&pageNum=1 http://www.healthscout.com/template.asp?page=newsDe tail&ap=1&id=109892&pageNum=1
Signing with Infants: Goal = Communicate How to begin Choose 2-5 signs Be consistent! Common first signs for communication Milk Eat More Mommy Daddy Songs, books, and games
Signing with Toddlers: Goal = Cultivate How to begin Choose a weekly theme or group of signs Use signs “in the moment” Signs for cultivating new concepts Colors Emotions Opposites Shapes Songs, books, and games
Signing with Preschoolers: Goal = Comprehend How to begin Teach the ASL alphabet; begin fingerspelling Use signs to reinforce key concepts in each lesson Signs for reading comprehension and literacy Alphabet Letter recognition Sound recognition Numbers Matching Rhyming Songs, books, and games
Signing with Children with Special Needs: Goal = Communicate, Cultivate, Comprehend Signing benefits children with: Deafness/Hearing Loss Speech Apraxia and Delays Downs Syndrome Dyslexia Autism Cerebral Palsy Almost any special need! Signs for communication, cultivating new concepts, and reading comprehension and literacy Songs, books, and games
Resources My Smart Hands www.MySmartHands.com My Smart Hands – Des Moines www.MySmartHandsDesMoines.com Signing Savvy www.SigningSavvy.com ASLpro www.ASLpro.com HandSpeak www.HandSpeak.com LifePrint www.LifePrint.com
Books The Baby Signing Bible: Baby Sign Language Made Easy by Laura Berg Babies Can Talk: A Practical Guide for Early Communication Through Signing and Fun Activities by Marilyn Daniels, PhD Toddlers At Play: A Complete Guide to Enhance Early Learning Through Signing and Fun Activities by Marilyn Daniels, PhD Dancing with Words: Signing for Hearing Children’s Literacy by Marilyn Daniels, PhD Simple Signing with Young Children: A Guide for Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Teachers by Carol Garboden Murray Sign to Learn: American Sign Language in the Early Childhood Classroom by Kirsten Dennis & Tressa Azpiri