Sign Language for Your Special Needs Child

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Special needs children with autism, Down’s Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, speech impairments and more, have seen tremendous gains when they are taught to use sign language. American Sign Language (ASL) can help these children to communicate better, learn new words and school curriculum easier and faster, and express their feelings in a more positive way. ASL and […]

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Using American Sign Language in a MultiSensory Approach to Speech Therapy

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Many speech therapists augment their therapeutic sessions with American Sign Language (ASL). David W. Hammer, M.A., CCC-SLP states, “It is critical in therapy that multisensory cues be used to facilitate sound production and sound sequencing in children with apraxia of speech. By providing multiple cues, the therapist has the opportunity to gradually fade the cues […]

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Teach Babies to Communicate Before They Can Talk


Many parents all over the United States have discovered the magic of using baby sign language with their baby. Parents realize the benefits of signing and that it gives babies a way to communicate before they can talk.  It provides a tool they can use to express their needs, thoughts and feelings until they can […]

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Combining American Sign Language and PECS


“My child’s speech therapist wants to introduce PECS (picture exchange systems) while my ABA lead therapist wants to stick to modified sign language. My child already knows very limited sign language that is unique to my child’s needs. The therapists are arguing that ‘their’ method will lead to faster vocalization. PECS is universal. Where my […]

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5 Tips for Literacy through Hearing Loss

Our daughter, Faith, joined our family just less than two years ago. She is adopted from China, and has been diagnosed with a profound bilateral hearing loss. Faith arrived with no language, unless you count “thumbs up” for positive reactions and the ugliest disgusted face ever seen for negative reactions. So, we chose to teach […]

Early Childhood Education – Acquiring Sign Language


[fbshare] This guest post was co-written by Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas. They are Communications Coordinators for the Zionsville educational day care facility, a member of the AdvancED® accredited family of Primrose Schools (located in 16 states throughout the U.S.) and part of the network of Indiana educational day care preschools delivering progressive, early childhood, […]

Disaster Preparedness begins with COMMUNICATION!

by Louise Sattler September is Disaster Preparedness Month. It is probably not a coincidence that September was chosen given the history of the month with 9/11, anthrax, and the hurricane season. It also begs the question- Is you family prepared in the event of a disaster? The Red Cross, local Firefighters and many other state […]

Baby, Toddler and Preschool Sign Language: Q & A With Developer Louise Sattler

Find out in this Q & A with developer of Baby, Toddler and Preschool Sign Language How did you get involved with ASL?  I wish I had a great story as to how I became involved in ASL that made it sound like I was interested in the deaf culture and language. But the truth […]

How do I get started with ASL?

Hello! I am so glad that you showed an interest with learning to communicate by using sign language. You will find that ASL will help to promote or boost language development with children as well as expand your ability to communicate with deaf / low verbal individuals. In order to start to learn sign language […]

Sign Language for Emergency Situations

by Louise Sattler Signing Families™ is very proud to announce that their newest DVD- “SIGN LANGUAGE FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS – ASL, English and Spanish” is now available with included mini-chart. This DVD was created to help First Responders, Health Care providers, Educators, the Red Cross, and others to assist Deaf and/or Spanish speaking individuals during […]

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