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A Bridge of Hands

Benefits of Sign Language in Preschool

  1. All learning styles are supported. When you use American Sign Language (ASL) in your curriculum you are reaching the whole child — every child — by having them hear, see, and move to express the concept or vocabulary you are teaching.

  2.  Building communication with preverbal babies.  When young children’s needs are met consistently and with ease the bonding process moves along with simplicity, both with families and caregivers.

  3. As a communication tool signing is an effective intervention model for developing pre-literacy skills since it is incorporated into all aspects of language development.

  4. Sign language bridges communication for children with special needs and children who are dual language learners. 

  5. Sign language is a communication tool that bridges communication with preverbal babies . When young children’s needs are met consistently and with ease the bonding process moves along with simplicity, both with families and caregivers.

  6. Children’s pre-reading skills during story time, free play, and music time through the use of ASL: vocabulary development, print awareness, print motivation, letter knowledge, and narrative skills.  

  7. ASL is not just a language boost for our children; it is also a brain boost. A child that has the opportunity to learn ASL benefits from increased brain development. ASL supports early brain development in the areas of: communication, attention, bonding, and visual learning.

Excerpt from
 Using Sign Language as a Communication Tool to
 Enhance Learning for Preschool Children
 Training Module