Why you should I learn sign language? Great question, sign language is a visual language that uses hand shapes and gestures, facial expressions and body language. Sign language is mostly used by people who are deaf, have hearing impairments or have suffered hearing loss.
Why should families learn sign language?
It’s challenging for anyone who may suffer from loss of hearing, especially for those families with children who are unable to hear what they may be saying. For many children who are deaf or suffer from hearing loss, sign language is vital, this allows them to access the world and communicate with the people around them. Sign language is their first language and the language which they’re educated in. It can be very challenging for families in this situation due to them learning it at the same time as their child but sometimes at a slower rate. As research has found previously, our ability to learn and take things in as quick as we were able to decreases as we get older. Even when families don’t have children that are deaf, we do tend to sign things to them without realising such as simple signs for food, nap/bedtime and toys before they are able to speak. Most people will have hearing aids or are starting to consider cochlear implants. This process will try to provide them with the ability to develop spoken language.
What is sign language?
Sign language enables deaf or hearing-impaired people to have a conversation fast and efficiently with others who use sign language. Some deaf people use an amalgamation of sign language and lip reading. Lots of people have false impressions on sign language and believe that sign language is a worldwide universal language however, this is far from the truth. Due to the remote nature of sign language, there is even a substantial difference from town to city inside Britain this is known as area variation and can be thought of as being similar to local accents or abbreviations. Hearing aids can provide a great advantage to a hearing-impaired person. Due to them also knowing sign language it will be much easier with the hearing aid due to them also knowing how to lip read.
Research has shown that children who learn basic sign language (just the simple alphabet) can improve spelling skills. Due to them having to spell each letter out individually on their hands. This is also a valuable skill to have. Our muscles have their own little memories so when you are signing a word to orally spelling the word it’s easier to remember. This can also add on to helping fine motor skills, due to the dexterity required for collaborating with hand motions. Individuals who find it hard with muscle strength and coordination can shape these skills as well as learning to connect more capable with additional language.
Builds communication skills
When you think of the language you might just assume that it’s spoken. However, language can involve many aspects like sign language does, due to it including body language and emotional language and more. A very interesting bit of research has found out that those who know how to sign have improved abilities to read general body language – an essential part of communication. Having hearing aids can also help build communication skills and get a better relationship with family and friends. Having a hearing aid may also increase your independence a lot more also. You may feel more comfortable with attending social events too.
Assembles better terminology
People naturally tend to use their bodies to talk to people – such as pointing when directing or advising someone what you want, shrugging their shoulders when they are unsure of something or crumpling their nose when they don’t like something. Sign language takes that natural tendency and aids to strengthen terminology and the meanings of words. When you can hear and see the word being acted out it leaves a sturdier stamp in your memory.
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