Babies-hearing and Deaf-have control over their hands long before they develop the fine motor skills required for speech. Using simple American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary to express wants, needs, and thoughts empowers preverbal children to communicate without frustration.
Continuing the use of ASL vocabulary through your child’s preschool and school-age years establishes the foundation for the learning of a second language. This knowledge can lead to a passion for language and culture, to be built on in teen years. Spelling, cultural competency, and overall comprehension can all be developed through the process of learning American Sign Language.
As an adult, you are likely to meet many Deaf individuals who use ASL to communicate: especially while living in the Seattle area. Having even the basic skills of ASL can help you cultivate meaningful professional and personal relationships within the diverse community of ASL-users. There is no better time than today to start learning this vibrant and rich language: at any age or level of experience..