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The Signing Family: What Every Parent Should Know about Sign Communication

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The Signing Family shows parents how to create a set of goals for signing centered around the needs of their deaf child, then describes in even-handed terms the major signing options available: American Sign Language, Signed English, Signing Exact English, and Contact Sign. Parents will learn how each of these signing methods originated and, in the case of English signing systems, why they were created and what they are meant to impart to deaf children. Parents will also learn their legal rights in the education ...
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Overview

The Signing Family shows parents how to create a set of goals for signing centered around the needs of their deaf child, then describes in even-handed terms the major signing options available: American Sign Language, Signed English, Signing Exact English, and Contact Sign. Parents will learn how each of these signing methods originated and, in the case of English signing systems, why they were created and what they are meant to impart to deaf children. Parents will also learn their legal rights in the education of their child and how to work with schools to provide their sign preference in the child's classroom. Armed with all of this thorough information, parents can determine how each type of signing maps onto their goals for themselves and their child, both within the family and in the educational system.
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A handbook for parents of deaf children who are concerned with finding the best means of communication for their family. The authors stress the importance of teaching language fundamentals as early as possible and explain why the visual-gestural nature of signing is generally the best mode for deaf children. They also describe the origins and rationale behind the major signing options available<-->American Sign Language, Signed English, Exact English, and Contact Sign. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563680694
  • Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 968,685
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Making the Decision to Sign 1
2 Signing in the Education of Deaf Children 20
3 A Word about Language 40
4 American Sign Language 52
5 English Signing 75
6 Signing Exact English 84
7 Signed English 103
8 Contact Signing 118
9 The Law and Signing 130
10 Forming Partnerships with Schools 146
References 157
Index 161
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