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7 Reasons to Teach Your Kid Sign Language


Hey everyone! My name is Amanda and I am Deaf. Now, it wasn’t always a Deaf person. I was born hearing and then became Deaf
gradually over time. As I grew up my hearing decreased. So, I have gone through every single level of hearing loss. For this video, I’m gonna be talking
about bilingualism: learning English and sign language. I’m gonna focus this video
on all of those amazing parents of our hard of hearing and deaf kids out there. So,
today I’m going to give you seven reasons why you should teach your hard
of hearing or deaf kid sign language. Are you ready? So, number one is gonna
be access to communication. Every single kid is gonna have their good caring days,
their bad hearing days, days where they just can’t function. And no matter what
kind of tools you’ve given them, whether it’s hearing aids or cochlear implant, there’s
always gonna be struggles. Depending on environment, depending on if a person has an accent that they’re trying to communicate with, or facial hair, or
braces, they’re gonna be things that make communication more difficult for your
kid with hearing loss. I know this first-hand because I lived it. So, giving
them sign language to help them through those tough communication days or days
when they just don’t feel like adding the tool of the hearing aid or the
cochlear implant and just want, you know, to be more comfortable. And giving
them sign language, being able to communicate with them in sign language,
is a real game-changer. So, number two is friendship and support. Giving your child
access to sign language opens up this whole new world of possible friends and
a support system within the Deaf community. It also gives them, you know, a sense of identity. Something to feel proud
about. And the more confident they are in their identity and who they are and with
their hearing loss, the more friends are going to attract in the hearing world as
well. Making them more social. Having access to the Deaf community, and friends, and support. Support through sign language, will also give them information,
access to information, they wouldn’t have otherwise. Because people who’ve already gone through hearing loss know what they’re going through, understand the
struggles, and have information on the latest technology to make their life
easier, government programs that might help fund education in the future, lots of different information that they wouldn’t
be able to get anywhere else. So, number three is that it relieves them of the
burden of communication. Being a kid and feeling like you always have to be
depended on to lip read… lip-reading is exhausting and it takes a lot of focus
and energy. So, it’s really hard… and not accurate, I think around 30% can be lip
read on the lips. So, they’re not getting all of the information, which can make
them start to feel resentful of the hearing people in their lives or even
isolated, like they’re not being included, they’re not being thought of. So,
learning sign language with your child relieves them of that burden, it makes
sure that you can always communicate with them, and that they are always
included in the conversation. Number four, education. So, being a hard-of-hearing kid
or a deaf kid can be really challenging in class, because you want to get all of
the same information as your peers, but it becomes more difficult not having full
access to sound and understanding of words in
class. So, having access to a sign language interpreter can help improve
that understanding make sure your child has access to all of the information in
class, or what’s being taught, or in an assembly, and to make sure that they’re
getting the most out of their education. Number five, future independence and even present independence… So, I guess it’s just independence. Having access to
sign language allows your child to utilize services and resources that
allow them to be independent in the future. Think about it, right now
they’re okay with you going to the doctor’s with them, but what happens when they’re 20 in their 20s or 30s they’re not gonna want you there anymore. But
they still need access to all of the information the doctor is giving them. So,
having a knowledge of sign language allows them to utilize either
computerized interpreters or real-life interpreters in doctor’s appointments,
business meetings, if they want to go to a concert, or an event, or see a lecture.
Sign language interpreters give them access to all of the information that’s
happening there without having to always depend on you. It gives them the
independence to do things themselves. Also, it allows them to make their own
phone calls using VOIP technology, so, seriously it can help a lot with
independence. Number six is bilingualism becoming bilingual is a gain, you
don’t take anything away from your child by teaching them a second language. There’s so many studies that show that learning a second language is actually
good for your kid’s brain. So, feed it, feed their brain with more access, more
language, more communication. Number seven, one of… I think… the most
important reasons you should teach your kid sign language and learn yourself.
It really brings families together. Knowing sign language will make your child feel
heard, feel understood, feel thought of and feel included in all family events and
activities. It will also allow them to feel like they can talk to you about
their hearing loss, and what they’re going through, and what challenges
they’re having in school, or with friends, or whatever it is in their life that
they’re struggling with. Because, by you learning sign language, a language
that makes sure that they have access to communication, you’re showing them that “I care. I want you to be heard. I want you to understand everything I say and have
to say to you.” Also, it makes it so, if you’re signing “Go clean your room now'”
they can’t say “Sorry, I didn’t hear you.” Okay everyone, I hope that you like this
video! If you have any questions write them down in the comment section. Don’t
forget to subscribe to this channel and check out my website. I’ll put it down
there. All right, that’s it for this video, thanks for watching! See you in the next
one! www.ReadyToBeHeard.com

13 Replies to “7 Reasons to Teach Your Kid Sign Language”

  • Hi Amanda! Great video about learning and teach their kids sign language so they communicate better. But you miss one thing, parents need to learn sign language before they can teaches their kids so that both sides can communicate each other better.

  • Dear @Amanda McDonough, I really appreciate your experience and bravery to share your videos to assist both hearing, hard of hearing and deaf. Myself as a hearing person, continue to learn ASL by never giving up. I wish I could meet you in person to tell you what made me learn ASL and more. Please keep up the excellent work with your career, growing your YouTube channel and more. May God bless you, your family and friends.

    Sincerely, Marcus

  • I am an interpreter with 32 years experience in a variety of signing systems, this is an excellent example of signed english / total communication or transliteration. Both of my children were raised learning to communicate first with gestures (about 6-8 mo old) then formal signs and when they were old enough spoken english. I had no problems with tantrums because they didn't have the frustration of wanting to communicate but not having a way to make what they want known.

    I agree with Amanda about introducing sign language to the family of a deaf child at a young age, it makes communicating with the growing child much more efficient

  • It's most important for HOH or d/Deaf children to learn sign language, but I also think sign language to be taught to hearing children. They will be better able to communicate with others who are HOH or d/Deaf, is an important skill, and can help them if they or someone close to them does ever experience hearing loss.

  • hey, I am hearing impaired alike deaf so real deaf and I like to watch on you what you said, I am understand so be nice met youso your drama house playhouse in Pasadena  is so good actor but I like it I sat upstair, front to see you awww, cute.

  • hello Amanda  I know about kid if childrens have become deaf I glad to more teach operation sign level write and math and behaive to control , so my life I since never married so well I am adult and near 3 yrs retire, so busy work and you are so good person  no matter, well  I am 59 yrs old ,  I just seek it myself so long  well  I am do feeling sad myself, but good condition, thumb up myself,  take care anyway

  • Hello Amanda, I am a teenager and I am profoundly deaf in both ears. I have had a CI since i was 2 , and i have started to to learn sign language for the last 8 months. I really want to become apart of the d/Deaf community, or at least interact with some people who are deaf- do you have any advice?

  • Thank you so much for sharing this! Our LO is just now 6 months old, she has hearing aids, and we can definitely tell a difference when she is wearing them, but we don't know how well she is hearing us. I have already started learning ASL, and working with her using baby sign time. I do not ever want her to struggle more than she needs and I want to always be able to communicate the best way possible with her and for her. <3

  • it's also important not to crowd the camera when you want people to read what you are signing. it's not only rude and intimidating, you block out lot of your signing just to be near the camera. your audience deserves better.

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