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Bridging The Communication Gap: Using Asl To Improve Communication With Students With Disabilities, Jamie Kane, Kaitlyn O’Hara, Scott Miles Jan 2018

Bridging The Communication Gap: Using Asl To Improve Communication With Students With Disabilities, Jamie Kane, Kaitlyn O’Hara, Scott Miles

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Children with disabilities, including Down Syndrome and Autism, can often face challenges when communicating with their peers in the early childhood classroom. Communication is essential in order for children to develop cognitively and socially, both in the classroom and at home. There are various methods and strategies to improve a child’s communication. One prominent technique is to use American Sign Language (ASL). ASL has been shown to improve communication in early childhood, ranging from student-to-student and student-to-teacher/parent interactions. Using ASL in early childhood is an important, initial step at bridging the communication gap, because young children learn to ...