ERIC Number: EJ769532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 4
Sign Language: Meeting Diverse Needs in the Classroom
Simpson, Cynthia G.; Lynch, Sharon A.
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n176 p45-49 Jul-Aug 2007
For a number of years, sign language has been used in special education settings for learners with disabilities. Children with hearing loss, autism, cognitive disabilities, and language disorders have demonstrated improved communication skills with the use of signs. Recently, however, teachers have begun to use sign language with typical learners and young children with developmental delays. In this article, the author cites several reasons why sign language is an important teaching tool in preschool environments. The author also provides several strategies for teaching sign language.
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Language Impairments, Hearing (Physiology), Developmental Delays, Communication Skills, Language Acquisition, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Young Children, Communication Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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