One of the most powerful tools I have used in my autism center to increase communication skills over the past 18 years is adapted sign language. This is simple signs that have been adapted according to verbal behavior guidelines to teach communication skills to children on the autism spectrum. Wondering how to teach sign language to children with autism? I hope you will join me in the Sign and Speak Autism Sign Language course I created for you based on my 18 years of experience teaching learners on the autism spectrum using adapted sign language.
Benefits of teaching autistic children sign language
Sign language is such a valuable tool to have in your autism teaching toolkit for so many reasons! These are all of the benefits of sign language for autistic individuals.
- Increase communication skills immediately
- Increase likelihood of speech with autistic learners
- Decrease frustration
- Improve social interaction
- Help special needs students integrate into a classroom situation more easily
- Build imitation skills
- Provide more learning opportunities
- Increase happiness and harmony at home, in the classroom and/or in your therapy sessions
Reasons to teach sign language
Teach sign language to get all of the benefits of sign language listed above. Sign language is a powerful tool that transforms communication and is life changing. There are so many reasons to teach sign language to children on the autism spectrum.
4 Module Course
Module 1 : Getting Ready for Sign Language
Teach your child or students the prerequisite steps necessary to be ready to learn sign language.
Module 2 : Teaching Sign Language – Step by Step
The exact steps you need to take to teach your learner the first 10 signs.
Module 3 : Tracking Progress
Track progress to make sure that your child or students are moving forward in their learning goals and increasing their communication skills.
Module 4 : Troubleshooting
Pinpoint any sticking points in your program and find the solutions you need.
Course companion workbook
Use the companion workbook as you go through the course to get the most out of the course.
Free Autism Activities Planner
As a special bonus, my gift to you is my Free Autism Activities Planner! Print it out and use it to plan all of your fabulous activities each day, week and month. You can also use it to make sure you are working on goals across all skill domains.
Data sheets to track progress
It is essential to track your child or students’ behavior to make sure that you are moving in the right direction. By collecting data, you will track progress and reach your learning goals more quickly. You can also course correct if you discover something is not working as well as you had hoped.
How to teach sign language to autistic children
I hope you will join me in the Sign and Speak Autism Sign Language course!
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