Benefits of ASL for Hearing Children




Welcome!   As parents we want the best for our children. Before they start school we will have taught them many words and many skills. Any way we can make fast progress in the child’s development is a good investment of parents’ time and energy! Learning and using some ASL signs with your hearing child is a proven method to encourage early language development and get a headstart on pre-reading skills.

There are many good reasons to learn ASL signing with your children. You will not only help your child develop language skills faster, you will reduce communication frustration (less crying!) and you will have a special communication bond with your child and others who use signs. These vocabulary words are an addition to the spoken language in your home. Using sign vocabulary speeds the acquisition of spoken language and stimulates more areas of the brain to communication.

Have fun using ASL signs with your child!

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Facts from Research posted on

*Children who learn sign language may have more brain capacity later, learn to speak sooner, and do better on future IQ tests. (The Daily Oklahoman, March 1999)

*11-month-olds who learned sign language out scored non-signing peers in language abilities, standard IQ tests and vocabulary comprehension tests after second grade. (The Daily Oklahoman, March 1999)

*An answer to the comment, “If he learns to sign, he’s not going to talk”:

Research has shown that babies who learn to communicate with sign language are quicker to speak than their non-signing peers. Signing creates a more verbal environment, because babies initiate conversation about subjects that interest them, and their parents more consciously repeat words. Earlier exposure to successful communication actually drives babies to want to speak sooner. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 3, 2001)

*Hearing babies speak their first word, on the average, when they’re 13 months old and speak two- or three- word sentences by the time they’re 20 months old. In contrast, some babies can start signing words such as “more” and “milk” at 8 months and can build vocabularies of dozens of signs within months. (The Blade – Toledo, Ohio, September 9, 2001)

*by Tiny Fingers

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