Sign Language Guide
Since hearing loss impairs communication, sign language is an excellent way of restoring communication when one or more people trying to communicate with each other can’t hear. Today we will be covering what is sign language, benefits of sign language, how to learn sign language and share some online resources.
What is Sign Language?
According to Wikipedia, “Sign languages (also known as signed languages) are languages that use manual communication to convey meaning. This can include simultaneously employing hand gestures, movement, orientation of the fingers, arms or body, and facial expressions to convey a speaker’s ideas. Sign languages often share significant similarities with their respective spoken language, such as American Sign Language (ASL) with American English.”
Benefits of Sign Language
Sign language can help boost communication, bu there are other benefits to learning sign language including:
- It reduces frustration.
- It can increase self esteem.
- It enhances language and listening skills.
- It can make relationships better.
- It builds overall communication skills.
- It helps your brain stay sharp.
- It allows for communication in noisy environments that make listening difficult.
How to Learn Sign Language
Luckily, sign language isn’t a hidden mystery. It is easy to learn and there are many different ways you can learn:
- Hire a private tutor.
- Take a class in your local community.
- Take an online course.
- Learn by watching videos online.
- Learn by using other online and digital resources.
- Read a book.
- Ask a friend who uses it to teach you.
Online Resources for Learning Sign Language
There are many different resources available online and at your local library where you can learn sign language.
- The ASL App: http://theaslapp.com/
- Basic ASL: First 100 Signs: http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/pages-layout/concepts.htm
- SignLanguage101.com: http://www.signlanguage101.com/
- Apps like: ASL Coach, ASL: Fingerspelling, and Marlee Signs
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