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Empowering Young Children with Sign Language


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Learn how to increase communication effectively with children through the use of sign language at home or in your early childhood development program. We hope you will use this information to guide …

Learn how to increase communication effectively with children through the use of sign language at home or in your early childhood development program. We hope you will use this information to guide you through the process of introducing and using sign language successfully in your classroom or home. Visit for upcoming events and recordings.

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  • 1. Empowering  Young  Minds  Through  Signs  How  to  Introduce  Effec9ve  Communica9on    at  Home  and  in  the  Classroom  Dawn  Braa,  MA  Dakota  County  Technical  College  May  16,  2013  
  • 2. Follow  Today’s  Event  on  TwiIer  Early  Learning  Technology    |   #HatchExperts|    Copyright  2012  Hatch  Inc.  All  Rights  Reserved.  Ques9ons    Comments    Feedback    @HatchEarlyChild  #HatchExperts  
  • 3. Today’s  Speaker  Early  Learning  Technology    |   #HatchExperts|    Copyright  2012  Hatch  Inc.  All  Rights  Reserved.  Dawn  Braa  M.A.  Dakota  County  Technical  Collage  
  • 4. Dakota County Technical College, MNDawn Braa, M.A.
  • 5. Agenda for this sessionYou learn something every day if you pay attention ~Ray LeBlondKnowledge Practice Review
  • 6. KnowledgeLearning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ~Chinese Proverb
  • 7. ObjectivesExpand knowledge of teaching AmericanSign Language to young childrenDevelop beginning level skills in using signlanguageLearn signs to use with young childrenList strategies to support parent/caregiveruse of signs at homeAttendees Will…
  • 8. POLLDescribe Your Knowledge/Experience With Sign Language And Young Childrena. I’ve never heard of using sign language with hearing children beforeb. I’ve heard of using sign language with hearing children but haven’t tried itc. I’ve heard of using sign language with hearing children and use it occasionallyd. I use sign language often with hearing children in my home/centere. I’m a pro and implement sign language consistently into my home/center
  • 9. How Do Children Learn?Through environment andinteractionsWhy is communicationimportant?Participation in their worldCommunicate needs/wantsWithout communication…Feel elevated stress andfrustrationGuessing gameBackground
  • 10. ResearchDr. GarciaStudied children in a Deaf communityChildren can communicate through signs, beginningat 6-7 months of ageDrs. Linda Acredolo and Susan GoodwynLongitudinal study of infantsBabies who used gestures understood more words,had larger vocabularies, and engaged in moresophisticated play than babies who did not sign
  • 11. CHILD• Jumpstart language• Stimulate intellectualdevelopment• EMPOWER them bygiving them a VOICE• Ease frustration• Reduce stress• Increase self-esteemWhy Use Sign Language?TigerCHILD CARE Assist in determining basicneeds of children Explain/show the sequence ofan event (i.e. diapering) Great aide in biting andaggression Children with special needscan interact in a meaningfulway with typical developingchildren Bridge to foreign language
  • 12. »Tips for Signing Success»Top Books for Signing»Lending Library• Sign2Me Complete Kit• www.sign2me.comSupporting Parentsand Caregivers
  • 13. VIDEO
  • 14. » Web» ASL Dictionaries» Signing Savvy» Google – ASL Browser» Online Courses» Informational Sites» Library» Books» DVDs» Community» ClassesResources for You and Parents
  • 15. *Earliest to ACTIVELY teach is at approximately six months*Begin with signs that are relevant and IMPORTANT – Milk*Step by step ProcessHow to Begin…Are YOU ready?Teaching ASL to preverbal and non-verbal children
  • 16. Practice New SignsPractice is the best master ~Latin Proverb
  • 17. -Early Childhood Songs & Stories• The More We Sign Together• Brown Bear, Brown Bear-Routines/Transitions• Meals/Snacks, Diapering• Group Times (Songs & Stories)• Choices – Colors• Wait, Ready, Stop, Inside,Outside, Bite No-Favorite Resource!(Signing Video Dictionary)• signingsavvy.comSigns…Sign…Signs!
  • 18. Review New KnowledgeKnowledge is power ~Sir Francis Bacon
  • 19. • Casually model (anytime)• Actively ‘teach’ (6mo+) depending on child’s readiness• Begin with relevant signs (milk, more, all done)• Be consistent! Think all the time, every time• Great bridge to foreign language• Another tool to stimulate language development• Involve & support parentsReview
  • 20. What ideas do you have about taking this informationback to your setting?Any other suggestions for supporting parents andcaregivers using sign language?
  • 21. References/Resources•Acredolo, L.P., & Goodwyn, S.W. (2000, July). The long-term impact of symbolic gesturing during infancy on IQ at age 8. UK, Brighton: The InternationalSociety for Infant Studies.•Battel, S. (2004). Better than baby talk: sign language for toddlers. Mothering, 32(7), 125.•Berk, L. E. (2007). Development Through the Lifespan. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.•Bower, B. (2004). Babies’ sound path to language skills. Science News, 166(10), 158.•Daniels, M. (1996). Seeing language: The effect over time of sign language on vocabulary development in early childhood education. Child Study Journal,26, 193-208.•Daniels, M. (2001). Dancing with words: signing for hearing childrens literacy. Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey.•Dickinson, A. (2000). Signs of the times. Time, 156(63), 93.•Edelson, S. (2003). Signed speech or simultaneous communication.Retrieved October 21, 2005, from•Goodwyn, S.W., Acredolo, L. P., & Brown, C. (2000). Impact of symbolic gesturing on early language development.Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 24, 81-103.•Graves, G. (2004). Origins of language. Toddler talk.•Honig, A.(2000).How babies learn to communicate.Scholastic Parent & Child, 8(2), 31.•Honig, A. (2000). Babies, todds, and twos. Scholastic Parent & Child, 8(2), 31.•Honig, A. (2002). Helping babies build connectors.Early Childhood Today, 11(3), 24.•Katy, K. (2003). Tiny hands talking.U.S. News & World Report, 133(15), 66.•Kaye, H. How to talk to baby before he can talk.•Kramer, E. (2004). From the hands of babes. Psychology Today, 37(6), 24.•Mulvaney-Smith, A. (1998). How to get your non-talking toddler to talk. Australia’s Parents, 107, 44.•Noonan, D. (1996). Communication with your infant: It’s in your hands.Mothering, 78, 68.•Signs of success. (2004). The Economist Print.•Vallotton, C.D. (2012). Infant signs as intervention? Promoting symbolic gestures for preverbal children in low-income families supports responsiveparent–child relationships. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 27(3), 401-415.••••
  • 22. Empower a Child!THANK YOU!
  • 23. Contact InformationSpeaker Name: Dawn BraaSpeaker Title: Early Childhood InstructorPhone: 1.651.423.8315Email: dawn.braa@dctc.eduBlog:
  • 24. ? Questions/Comments
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