When looking for another language to learn or to teach to children, consider the benefits of learning sign language. Here are 5 benefits, there are many more:
ASL is a true language
Knowing the basics will help you communicate with members of the Deaf community.
ASL is a World Language
It's accepted as a World Language for High School credit in many states (including South Carolina) and is easier to learn than other spoken languages for those children who are not primarily auditory learners. Sign language provides auditory, visual and tactile cues when learning.
ASL encourages early communication
Using ASL vocabulary with pre-verbal and non-verbal children can give them a way to communicate that is easier for many children than speech and it encourages speech and language development.
ASL improves bonding
Teaching Sign Language to babies and toddlers can improve parent-child bonding and decrease frustration and tantrums due to being unable to communicate basic wants and needs.
ASL improves other skills
Introducing sign language (ASL vocabulary, fingerspelling and numbers) to preschool and elementary school children has been linked to improved reading, spelling and language skills.
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