assistive communication

sign languagePeople often think sign language is exclusively used by the deaf and hard of hearing community. While they are certainly the majority of sign language users, speech therapy often utilizes sign language to help children and adults who are suffering from a range of conditions. Patients with apraxia show an increased eagerness to vocalize new words. Evidence indicates it does not slow down speech development, and may actually improve cognition. While the field of speech and language acknowledges sign language can support normal language development in children with speech delays, parents often need more convincing. [continue reading…]

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