Sign Language

See also:    Augmentative Communication    Communication    Visual Supports   

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A complex visual-spatial language that is used by the Deaf community in the United States and English-speaking parts of Canada
Karen Nakamura
Features a sign language alphabet.
Makaton was developed in the 1970s to help people with learning disability to communicate. It is now widely used with a variety of children with communication difficulties.
General information site.
The use of signing with autistic children has been growing consistently since the early 70's. What was once seen as a symbol of the isolation of the deaf community may help destroy the isolation of the autistic one.
Rita Jordan
Signing Time is a sign language video series for hearing infants and children that teaches them basic American Sign Language (ASL) in a fun and memorable way. Big kids and grown-ups love it too!
The sign-learning difficulties encountered by hearing, but nonspeaking, populations is addressed on this web site through the proposal of a simplified form of sign communicaiton. A Simplified Sign System has been developed in Professor John D. Bonvillian's Developmental Psychology and Psycholinguistics Research Lab at the University of Virginia.
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Claire Donovan

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