ASL in the Classroom
Jenning Prevatte, M. Ed.
As a college professor, I am privileged to work with outstanding individuals working in early childhood. During class sessions, we have fantastic discussions about child development, developmentally appropriate practices, and how to help children with challenging behaviors. My students are hungry for information and knowledge to enhance their abilities and skills as teachers. One strategy I've found to work repeatedly is American Sign Language (ASL). I love using ASL in the classroom for a variety of reasons.
"The research has demonstrated many benefits to utilizing sign language with hearing children. Some benefits noted in the research are developing larger vocabularies, greater self-esteem, and increased phonemic awareness and spelling skills. The research has deemed that ASL is a useful intervention for early education curriculum and is not only for deaf children." (Prevatte & Matthews, 2013)