Creating a Language Rich
Environment using ASL Series #2
Jenning Prevatte, M.Ed.
In our previous Creating a Language Rich Environment with ASL blog, we spoke about using American Sign Language (ASL) to build vocabulary by integrating it with daily routines and rituals. American Sign Language is not just a language boost for children it is also a brain boost with increased brain development. Research has vastly expanded our knowledge of early brain development. We now understand how early experiences are influential to the wiring of the brain. Early childhood is a crucial time for brain development, in the first three years of life, 90% of the brain is developed. American Sign Language supports early brain development in the areas of communication, attention, bonding, and visuals.
A great strategy is to label the classroom with the
written word and the ASL sign