SIGN LANGUAGE FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES
Everyone Can Sign - Sign Language for Children with Special Needs and Disabilities
Program can be for either for parents or early childhood educators and specialists. Participants will learn:
- quick and easy strategies and techniques to implement visual learning; through the use of songs, games, mnemonics, and stories; which help develop children’s speech and promote inclusion for autistic, down-syndrome, ADHD/ADD, speech delayed, and disabled children.
- how to enhance functional communication to get wants and needs met, reducing frustration on the part of the parent, caregiver, educator, and child.
- how to improve the following important skills: self-confidence, curiosity, self-control, and connection and cooperation with others.
- how to use systems such as picture schedules, rituals, routines, labeling, and basic signs to enhance functional communication.
These skills are vital to the overall developmental competence of special needs and disabled children, which is essential to manage the demands and responsibilities of school and life.
People losing their hearing as a result of polio was the reason for the creation of French, and then American Sign Language (ASL). French Sign Language was created by a French Monk, and later Head School Teacher Laurent Clerc. He was solicited by Thomas Gallaudet to come to America and help create an American Sign Language (ASL). As a result of these efforts ASL has been used to enhance the communication and learning skills of special needs peoples in America since the 1850’s.