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One of the most frustrating aspects of autism is the breakdown in communication.
Children with autism struggle with the complexity of spoken language.
Sign language creates an avenue of communication that strengthens speech and language development.
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Sign language provides numerous social, emotional, cognitive, and communicative benefits for children with autism, such as:
Sign language is a wonderful tool for parents, educators and families of children with autism. The benefits are immense! So then why is sign language not used for all children with autism? While there are many advantages for using sign language, there are also a few disadvantages:
While autism can be challenging in many ways, there are many advantageous approaches to communication development. Sign language offers multiple proven benefits for children with various degrees of autism.
Autism affects each child in a unique way and as a result the benefits are also unique to each child. In severe cases, sign language may not provide additional communication benefit to children with autism.
However, the fact that it may provide benefit offers hope and blessings to countless families. Sign language has never proven to be detrimental to children with autism, so what is there to lose?
If you have ever known a child with autism, then you know the
hope that communication development provides. Sign language stimulates
and strengthens communication development and offers hope for families
and children that are affected by autism.
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