Research has shown teaching Sign Language to hearing children has numerous and lasting benefits in communication, cognitive and social emotional skills.
Laura Berg - Signing Testimonial
Signing with Infants and Toddlers has shown positive impact:
On Language Development
On Cognitive Development
On Social Emotional Development
In Early Childhood Education Settings
Singing with Preschool and School Aged Children has shown positive impact:
On Language and Literacy
Across the Curriculum
Singing has been shown to be effective helping Specific Populations improve communication and/or literacy skills:
Specific Language Impairments
Second Language Learners (Children & Adults) - sign language as a bridge to learn a new language
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Hafer, Jan C, and Robert M. Wilson. Signing for Reading Success. Gallaudet University Press, December 1998.
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Daniels, M. (1996). Seeing language: The effect over time of sign language on vocabulary development in early childhood education. Child Study Journal, 26, 193-208.
Felzer, L. (1998). A Multisensory Reading Program That Really Works. Teaching and Change, 5, 169-183.
Wilson, R., Teague, J., and Teague, M. (1985). The Use of Signing and Fingerspelling to Improve Spelling Performance with Hearing Children. Reading Psychology, 4, 267-273.
Hafer, J. (1986). Signing For Reading Success. Washington D.C.: Clerc Books, Gallaudet University Press.
Koehler, L., and Loyd, L. (September 1986). Using Fingerspelling/Manual Signs to Facilitate Reading and Spelling. Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. (4'th Cardiff Wales).