Why All Children Should Learn American Sign Language
When children learn ASL, they benefit in several ways, including:
Communication. Learning ASL is beneficial for both children and adults. When infants are taught American Sign Language, it gives them a non-verbal means of communication; this in turn may reduce frustration levels in both parents and children while trying to understand one another. In addition, ASL is a great tool to give children the ability to communicate with someone who may be hard of hearing.
Brain Development. When children are taught American Sign Language, they will see an increase in their vocabulary, attention, and memory processes. ASL also supports brain development by simulating both the left and the right sides of the brain, whereas verbal communication only stimulates the left side of the brain.
There are many ways to begin working on ASL at home. For younger children, begin by learning simple signs such as “please,” “thank you,” and “more.” For older children, learning harder signs such as “my name is,” or even finger spelling their name is a good place to start.
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