The Use of Sign Language and Sign Systems in Facilitating the Language Acquisition and Communication of Deaf Students With a historical context as a foundation, the current trends, practices, and perspectives regarding the manual component of educating deaf children is examined, including Manually Coded English systems and American Sign Language. As decisions are considered regarding various approaches to sign communication, it is necessary to investigate issues that support ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   October 01, 1997
The Use of Sign Language and Sign Systems in Facilitating the Language Acquisition and Communication of Deaf Students
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Judith Coryell, PhD
    Western Maryland College, Westminster, MD
  • Thomas K. Holcomb
    Ohlone College, Fremont, CA
  • Contact author: Judith Coryell, PhD, Deaf Education Program, Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157-4390.
    Contact author: Judith Coryell, PhD, Deaf Education Program, Western Maryland College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157-4390.×
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: jcoryell@wmdc.edu
Article Information
Development / Hearing Disorders / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / School-Based Settings / Clinical Forum: Educational Considerations for Children With Hearing Loss
Clinical Forum   |   October 01, 1997
The Use of Sign Language and Sign Systems in Facilitating the Language Acquisition and Communication of Deaf Students
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1997, Vol. 28, 384-394. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2804.384
History: Received June 10, 1994 , Accepted January 7, 1997
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1997, Vol. 28, 384-394. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2804.384
History: Received June 10, 1994; Accepted January 7, 1997

With a historical context as a foundation, the current trends, practices, and perspectives regarding the manual component of educating deaf children is examined, including Manually Coded English systems and American Sign Language. As decisions are considered regarding various approaches to sign communication, it is necessary to investigate issues that support and also question the appropriateness of any given language/system. In addition to the sign language/systems, an equally important aspect is the instructional strategy that supports sign usage, such as Total Communication, Simultaneous Communication, and Bilingual Education. Issues affecting the selection and use of sign language/systems conclude this article.

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