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Common Errors by Young Children Acquiring a Signed Language

By ASL, Bilingual, Bilingual Education, Early ASL Acquisition, Early Language Development, Information, Research

Adam Stone explains that no matter what language a child is learning, be it spoken or signed, they will make mistakes. Here, Adam goes into detail about three common mistakes children make while learning a signed language, and rest assured, these are all part of the normal language acquisition process.


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Myths About Your Deaf Child

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

A LEAD-K and Nyle DiMarco production created by Convo.

There are many misconceptions about how a Deaf child acquires language. We’ve seen many of them: sign language hinders your child’s ability to learn English; parents must be fluent in sign language in order to teach their Deaf child. What’s the truth? Five common myths about your Deaf child, resolved.

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Deaf Don’t Care

By Audism, Cultural & Medical Perspectives, Deaf Culture, Identity, Information

Transcript: Conrad dancing to an internal song. Word PITY appears by his shoulder, he brushes it off. Word PATERNALISM appears at his other shoulder, he also brushes it off. Big DEAF text appears and Conrad signs it. Big I DON’T CARE text appears and Conrad signs it. Word DISORDER flies towards him and Conrad puts up a hand to deflect it. Word DIAGNOSIS flies from other side towards him and he puts up a hand to deflect it. Words HEARING IMPAIRED comes towards him and he dodges it. Conrad then deflects word IDEOLOGY. He signs don’t care towards word CURE. Conrad sweeps away word AUDISM. Conrad deflects word ISOLATION. Big DEAF? text appears and Conrad signs it. Big I’M PROUD text appears and Conrad signs it. Words DISCRIMINATION and OPPRESSION appears above his shoulders and Conrad pushes them off. He ends it with a flourish move- a hand down his face and camera pans towards him. He smiles.

Promoting High Expectations for Deaf Individuals

By ASL, Audism, Information, Research

Resolve to support #deafsuccess this year with promoting high expectations for success!

Each week of this month, we will highlight a Key Impact Area (KIA) which helps address challenges to postsecondary success for deaf individuals. This week focuses on high expectations. What are ways that you or others in your community promote high expectations of deaf individuals? How can YOU be a part of the solution?

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Strategies to Maximize ASL Exposure at Home

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

Screenshots of Silent Voice documents about access and exposure and self talk for ASL

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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Cochlear Implants: Making Sure Families Are Aware of the Full Picture

By Cultural & Medical Perspectives, Information, Research No Comments

A young girl smiling at an audiologist

“When a child is identified as being deaf, a cochlear implant may be recommended early in the intervention process. For hearing families, this recommendation often comes with relief that there is a “medical fix” to providing their child with the ability to hear. While a cochlear implant provides significant benefit to many children, spoken language outcomes are extremely varied. This means that there should be a standard procedure, involving both medical and educational professionals, to provide families with the full spectrum of “what-ifs” and “what’s involved,” from surgery, to activation and monitoring of the device, to listening and spoken language training, to linguistic, educational, and social-emotional considerations. It is essential that families are provided with the full range of possible outcomes, opportunities, and needed services so they can make informed decisions about choosing a cochlear implant within the context of their “whole deaf child.”