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Impact Of American Sign Language On Early Development, Haley W. Gilreath Nov 2018

Impact Of American Sign Language On Early Development, Haley W. Gilreath

Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference (GURC)

Abstract

Exposure to language during prenatal and early post-natal advancement is crucial to cognitive and emotional development. Deaf newborns who are born to hearing parents are deprived of language exposure during these vital months, simply because the parents have not had prior exposure to American Sign Language (ASL) and are unable to introduce even the most elemental signs. Despite the strong campaign to push for awareness of the developmental advantages of ASL on early development, previous studies have been unable to establish credible evidence that fully supports the benefits of exposing all children to the signed language. This is because ...