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ERIC Number: EJ1064221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Pioneering Program Teaches Families Sign Language through Tele-Intervention
Poeppelmeyer, Diana; Reichert, Lynn
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v16 p46-50 2015
Support for parents who wish to develop communication skills is critical. When parents have communication with their children, they are better able to express their concerns, expectations, and support. Bonding with children--and their social, emotional, cognitive, and linguistic development--depends on communication with those who love them. This transfers into better success in school. For deaf children in hearing families who choose sign language, this becomes problematic as their mothers and fathers typically do not already know sign language. Recognizing the lack of readily available sign language classes, and wanting to set up remote ASL instruction throughout Texas, educators used technology to implement a pioneering program that teaches families of deaf children sign language through tele-intervention. The Educational Resource Center on Deafness (ERCOD) at the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) has reached out to these families with a program they call "Family Signs." This article presents their challenges and efforts in reaching families interested in learning sign language with the goal of building confidence and independence in sign language learning.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas