Shake it! ASL Support & Resources in Western MA

Language Acquisition for Tactile Learners

For those interested in exploring a new language, American Sign Language (ASL) presents a unique challenge. Rather than being specific to written and verbal communication, American Sign Language is based in physical communication, and requires the use of specific (and sometimes subtle) movements. American Sign Language can be fascinating to explore with young children, whose bodies are active and whose brains’ language centers are fast developing, as it combines both motion and linguistic understanding. Similarly, American Sign Language can provide older children with valuable language experience, especially those who tend to be tactile learners, as it relies on not only the brain’s ability to process language but the body’s ability to remember physical motions and states.  Read the rest of this entry »

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