ASK Angie ASL – Holiday Signs
Tips for working with the deaf
1. It’s important to remember that not all people can lip-read. Lip-reading is a skill that often requires a background knowledge of phonics. Only 28% of the English language is formed on the outside of the mouth. The rest of the sounds are formed on the inside of the mouth. The average person in perfect conditions can lip-read about 14%.
2. Also, American Sign Language is NOT a written language. It is a visual-gestural language, so native speakers often think of things in pictorial ways, verses a phrase or specific word. Keep everything visual, finger-spell words and combine with the sign to enhance reading skills.
Angie Craft author and teacher – brings over 26 years of experience in deaf education and is committed to serving the deaf community. Keenly aware of the isolation that deaf students often experience, Angie developed and wrote HandCraftEdASL to bridge the communication gap between deaf children who primarily use American Sign Language and their parents, peers or educators. www.handcraftedasl.com
For more information: follow us on FaceBook @ HandCraftEdASL
Subscribe to our free email newsletter now to access our free magazine!