Language Learning Through the Eye and Ear Webcast

By ASL, Early ASL Acquisition, Early Intervention, Early Language Development, Information

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This research-based webcast is designed to increase knowledge among early interventionists. The webcast addresses how deaf and hard of hearing babies acquire language and why one should sign with babies as early as possible. Babies are busy learning language from birth, even though they may not be signing right away. From the moment they arrive, babies seek patterns in human language whether signed or spoken. This webcast will give early interventionists a foundational knowledge to engage in dialogue with parents and professionals about the neurolinguistic benefits of early exposure to visual language for all babies.

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Shared Reading Project

By ASL, Early ASL Acquisition, Early Language Development, Information

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The Shared Reading Project (SRP) was developed by the Clerc Center to provide tutoring and support to parents and caregivers who do not know how to effectively share books with their young deaf and hard of hearing child. When parents effectively share books, there is greater likelihood of an improvement in the reading ability of their deaf and hard of hearing child and it contributes to higher reading ability in school.


SignWise for Kids

By ASL, Bilingual Education, Information, Learn ASL, Website

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A premier Quality Assurance Resource Center established in 2016, Signwise for Kids™ is dedicated to promoting the use and development  of accurate, high quality American Sign Language and Deaf-related products for young children from infant to elementary school age and their families.

They remove the guesswork for parents and professionals who wonder if a product is appropriate for your child. You want to know about the company that created the products and their experiences with sign language and the deaf community. You may question whether the portrayal of a deaf/hard of hearing child appropriate. And many other questions.

They are a trusted resource for families and offer detailed product reviews, which include specific features and detailed reporting on the accuracy and quality of each product. This allows you to make an informed decision about the best product for your deaf or hard of hearing child.


Strategies to Maximize ASL Exposure at Home

By ASL, Early ASL Acquisition, Early Language Development, Information No Comments

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Here is a list of resources to help maximize the exposure of ASL at home.

Access and Exposure

In order for children to acquire languages, they require access and exposure to the full languages they are acquiring. Access and exposure to a language happens through direct, indirect, and incidental learning. A lot of learning moments throughout a child’s day are incidental. Understanding how your child access information and what kind of exposure your child has throughout the day is very important.

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ASL Exposure Checklist

This checklist is used to identify the American Sign Language exposure the family and child has on a daily basis at home, in daycare, and in the community. This checklist is used to better understand family and child’s opportunities for ASL development and is used to support families and professionals in figuring out how and when to incorporate ASL on a daily basis so that child’s language exposure is maximized.

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Self Talk

Self talk is an excellent way to model ASL. Self talk is when you talk about the things you do as your child watches – the same way you might speak to a hearing child during routine activities.

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Society of American Sign Language (SASL) – Spring Newsletter

By ASL, Information

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The spring 2019 issue of the Society for American Sign Language (SASL) newsletter is here!

If you have not seen the back issues, see below:



















SASL has its own journal – 2 publications to date. See below:

Vol. 1, No. 1:   

Vol. 2, No. 1:   

Vol. 2, No. 2:             To be released soon

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Deaf schoolboy scores ‘higher than Einstein’ in IQ test

By ASL, Bilingual, Cultural & Medical Perspectives, Deaf Community, Deaf History, Deaf in the News, Deaf Role Models, Identity, Information

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A 12-year-old boy has joined Mensa after achieving 162 on an IQ test, a higher score than Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking.

Darren Toh, who was born deaf, is also an accomplished musician. He scored the highest grade possible for a child on the test.

The boy from Aughton, Lancashire, said he thought he was smart but “not quite a genius”.

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