Is sign language helpful for children with special needs?

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Is sign language helpful for children with special needs?

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For any child with special needs, it is really important to have your pediatrician and your speech language pathologist and anyone on the Individualized Educational Plan or IEP team to be on the same page with adding sign language to your routine. For some kids, it is a really good idea. For some, it is not. So it is important that everyone is on board and that you look at the child´s functional communication needs and see if that is a good idea to add into your routine. So again, if you have any questions about your child´s speech language development or you are concerned that your child might not benefit or might benefit from using sign, you should talk to your speech pathologist, your IEP team or your pediatrician.

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Baby Sign Language Instructor

Heather graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Special Education in 2007 and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders and Sciences at California State University, Northridge. Heather began learning ASL in college, and has volunteered for an inclusion class for Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Multiple Disabilities at the elementary school level, where she also worked as an interpreter. Heather marvels at the way sign language has helped children, babies, and parents get their needs met effectively and in a fun way, while promoting literacy, speech, and language development.

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