There has been a rising interest in teaching sign language to small children in recent years. Many parents and caregivers teach their children basic signs for common words that are used in daily exchanges. There are several reasons that this may be. Small children are not able to communicate their needs verbally, and often have a high success rate of acquiring and using basic sign language.
Children are able to acquire sign language skills similarly to the way they acquire spoken language, but often at a much earlier age.
Also, a study done by Linda Acredolo, Susan Goodwyn and Catherine Brown found that children who were taught sign language as early as 11 months old, had better language and cognitive development later in life (Acredolo, Goodwyn and Brown, 2000).
This chapter will provide videos, broken down into categories. This aims to teach the signs in their basic form and give you the chance to practice as we go along.
The following categories will be included:
Places and Objects
Days of the Week
Along with about 100 basic signs that are commonly used between children and their caregivers there will also be explanations of how to use the signs in correct context. This course does not aim to teach fluent ASL, but instead to give a general introduction to the beautiful language of American Sign Language for child care professionals and teachers to use in their programs.
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