Good Tools for Learning ASL?

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Hello, all. :o)

My nephew lacks the ability for creating productive speech. He can hear just fine, but his only way of communicating with people is through American Sign Language. I would like to become fluent in ASL so I can teach my daughter, and that will at least be two more people in my nephew's world who are able to understand him and communicate with him.

I've started on Baby Signing Time! dvds with my daughter, and I intend to continue with that series to help her learn to sign, but I would like to have a more solid, complete background for myself. I'm enrolling in an ASL class in the fall, but I would *love* to get a jump start on things now.

I was wondering if anyone knew of any good DVDs, CD-ROMs (that will run on a Mac), or any other resources that have made learning ASL accessible and convenient for them? I'm not wholly opposed to books if they're really good, but I have had some trouble in the past translating a drawing of a hand with squiggly lines around it into an actual moving gesture, so I would prefer books that have some sort of DVD/CD-ROM supplement or VERY clear photographs/illustrations of signs.

Any input would be greatly appreciated!! :o)

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Me - posted on 02/23/2009

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Quoting Jolene:



I have to agree Signing Time! My daughter loves it and it teaches the whole family.





It's my again You should try www.lifeprint.com.

Me - posted on 02/23/2009

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Quoting Jolene:



I have to agree Signing Time! My daughter loves it and it teaches the whole family.





It's my again You should try www.lifeprint.com.

Me - posted on 02/23/2009

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I have to agree Signing Time! My daughter loves it and it teaches the whole family.

Me - posted on 02/23/2009

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I have to agree Signing Time! My daughter loves it and it teaches the whole family.

Me - posted on 02/23/2009

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I have to agree Signing Time! My daughter loves it and it teaches the whole family.

Shannon - posted on 02/20/2009

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My son has Autism and I am in my second semester of ASL. He speaks pretty well but didn't at first so his school added sign language to their curriculum and I wanted to learn with him! ASL PRO was going to be my suggestion as well. I learn from my book but when I don't understand the illustration I put the word in from their dictionary and voila a person signs it!! It is a great tool and a lot of fun I think!! Good luck!!

Angela - posted on 02/19/2009

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My daughter has Down Syndrome. Signing Time videos are her favorite thing next to ice cream! Not only is she learning signs, the words on the screen are also introducing sight word reading (which as an English teacher makes me a very happy camper!)...she can sight read over 20 words at age 33 months! Her signing vocab is over 120 words...she has no trouble communicating! The videos have been her (and the rest of her family's) primary source of learning ASL. However, I do see some advantages to Exact Signed English as well, for future writing especially. Some of the ESE signs make more sense to me than the ASL version. So, we do a bit of both in our house, but mostly ASL.



The following website is also a huge help in our house because it's organized well and shows short clips of actual people signing..I have such trouble with books and pictures sometimes. Repeating the clips with just a click of the mouse is nice too in case I didn't get it the first time.

http://www.aslpro.com/cgi-bin/aslpro/asl...



The most "readable" books I've seen are the "Early Sign Lanugage" series published by Garlic Press. They're board books that have photos of kids doing the sign (all abilities and nationalities which I LOVE!), a cartoon showing the sign, and then written directions also for clarification. My daughter likes to look at these too. She prefers actual photos of children to cartoons.



Hope you find what you're looking for. Good luck and happy signing!

Lynne - posted on 02/18/2009

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Signing Time. I love it and so does my son. He has developmental disabilities, and his speech is the furthest behind. We decided to teach him Sign Language as another outlet for expression. I found the Signing Time DVD and he can't get enough of them. I was surprised how much I picked up as well. It is like a Sesame Strret for Sign Language.I even got a set for his class so they can watch at school.  I have also had 3 semesters of ASL aty a local college. Make certain you find places you con go and communicate with the Deaf for practice. We have Silent Suppers here and they are so welcoming of people trying to learn. Good Luck.   Signingtime.com

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