Cool Facts about American Sign Language

Its benefits are surprising!

Who benefits from ASL? Necessity is the mother of invention; sign language is used by many people and even creatures!

1. It’s another process than spoken languages due to its visual and spatial nature and exercises a different part of the brain.

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2. ASL was originally invented for deaf communication-80% of deaf babies are born to hearing parents

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3. People with other disabilities use ASL

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4. Aging seniors can benefit from ASL to keep a rich social life when their hearing goes

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5. Families sometimes learn sign language for their member who depends on it

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6. All infants benefit from learning ASL as it encourages early language acquisition

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7. Animals can communicate using ASL; Koko the gorilla was the first to have human language

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8. Dogs can be trained with ASL; it’s super handy for deaf dogs and owners! 

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9. It’s on its way to becoming international like English

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How does sign language impact your life?

Sources:

Sign Language and the Brain: A Review – Oxford Academic

Signed Speech or Simultaneous Communication – Autism Research Institute

Apraxia of Speech and Muteness – Rainbow Kids Adoption & Welfare Advocacy

Hearing Loss Tied to Depression In Study – WebMD

Koko the Signing Gorilla – The Gorilla Foundation

Beginning Sign Training – Deaf Dogs Rock

 

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  1. I like that you mentioned that ASL can actually be used to help seniors who are losing hearing. I had never thought about that, but it makes sense it could be really effective for them! My new friend knows ASL, and I wanted to learn a little more about it. Thanks for the information!

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