American Sign Language ( Asl ) Essay

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American Sign Language (ASL) is one of the most spoken languages in the United States. American sign language has evolved over time and is no longer only used by those who are deaf. It is commonly used for people who are hard of hearing, completely deaf, people with autism and Down syndrome. Many parents have begun to use sign language with their babies so that the child will be able to talk before they are able to actually talk using their voice. When your child is taught to use sign language it is a no brainer because that will be how they communicate from the rest of their lives. The child will not have a way to communicate as he or she gets older besides using gestures and saying yes, no, the way a child would communicate before they actually got their voice. Another advantage of signing is that it helps reinforces vocabulary and it may even broadens the babies social circle when they are older (Developing language for life, 2007). Language and vocabulary development are very important in social development. (Developing language for life, 2007) If the baby has no way to tell you what he or she wants , he or she would get extremely frustrated and that can lead to socially unacceptable behaviors like aggression and temper tantrums as a way to express that frustration. Babies who are able to sign are believed to have excellent expressive and receptive language skills, signing provides language stimulation and conceptual information that makes the vocabulary development…

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