Sign Language/ English as a Second Language
A manual language that is distinct from spoken English (ASL is not based
on English grammar / syntax). Extensively used within and among the
deaf community. English is taught as a second language, necessary to
teach reading. The primary goal of ASL is to be the deaf child's primary
language and allow him / her to communicate before learning to speak
or even if the child never learns to speak effectively. Since ASL is
commonly referred to as the language of the deaf, it prepares the child
for social access to the deaf community.
To be the deaf child’s primary language and allow him/her to communicate
before learning to speak or even if the child never learns to speak
effectively. Since ASL is commonly referred to as "the language
of the deaf", it prepares the child for social access to the deaf
LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (receptive)
is developed through the use of ASL. English is taught as a second
language after the child has mastered ASL.
ASL is child’s primary expressive language in addition to written
Use of amplification is not a requirement for success with ASL.
Child must have access to deaf and/or hearing adults who are fluent
in ASL in order to develop this as a primary language. If the parents
choose this method they will need to become fluent to communicate with
their child fully.
If parents are not deaf, intensive ASL training and education about
deaf culture is desired in order for the family to become proficient
in the language.
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