As a professional in the field of special education, the benefits of learning sign language are endless. It is a fantastic tool that allows those who have hearing loss or are non-verbal to communicate easily and effectively with others.
Bridging the Gap
The inability to interact with people can be incredibly discouraging and isolating. Learning how to communicate with sign language drastically reduces frustration in special needs children who cannot speak. Sign language enables them to express themselves and communicate vital information to their parents, teachers, and peers. It can also help to decrease aggression and tantrums both at school and at home.
Who Uses Sign Language?
Signing is not limited to any specific disability or group of people. Those who most commonly utilize sign language are a part of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, have Down syndrome, or are on the autism spectrum.
Knowing a few basic signs will help you better understand your students or clients. If they are not yet familiar with sign language, it could be helpful to teach them some signs for everyday use.
The signs included on this website are American Sign Language (ASL), as it is the most common form of sign language used in the United States.