Friday, April 15, 2011

Signing with Children

When people think of sign language or ASL, a scene of a deaf person signing away would be the first thought that comes.  However, there is more than one benefit of sign language such as using it to communicate with babies, young children, individuals who are unable to speak, or unable to hear.  Young children have a great window of opportunity to learn as much as possible before the age of 5, and sign language is a great way to ensure that your children meet some developmental milestones.  

Cognitive Development:  Sign language can enhance a child's ability to learn through the concept of watching, absorbing, and repeating actions.
Social & Emotional Development: Sign language enables children to interact with others and express themselves. 
Speech & Language Development: Signing with them helps children understand and use the language.
Fine Motor Skill Development:  When signing the children use their hands and fingers to master specific movements and signs.

Can you imagine a young adult wanting to become an interpreter for a deaf politician or a professor at a deaf college because of the basic sign language they had been exposed to as a child?  Teaching your child ASL exposes them to another language and communication structure - it broadens their horizons.

Signing Time has great videos and educational kits to teach your children basic sign language. 

Silent Echo of Harmony Inc. will be having a Signing Time Screening at South Cobb County Library Meeting Room on Thursday, April 28th, 2011 from 4:30pm to 5:30 pm.  Refreshments will be served - come join us!  Young, old, hearing, deaf -- ALL are welcome!

Click HERE for a map view & get directions.

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