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  1. Signs and Gestures for Basic Communication Needs

  2. Signed languages are not universal. • According to Wikipedia, there are 200 or more signed languages around the world • Valerie Sutton, the inventor of the SignWriting system states, “Just like spoken languages, signed languages are unique to each region of the world.”

  3. The sign for “chair” in ASL & BSL: British Sign Language American Sign Language

  4. Signs taught today are based on American Sign Language • Online dictionaries for ASL: • www.lifeprint.com • aslbrowser.commtechlab.msu.edu/browser.htm • www.aslpro.com • www.signingsavvy.com

  5. Incorporate gestures • What gestures does the student already use? • Be aware of cultural differences in gestures

  6. What other American cultural gestures can you think of? Do you know any gestures from other cultures?

  7. Some hand gestures from around the world • Mexico: • http://peterbrice.com/the-definitive-guide-to-mexican-hand-gestures.html • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M20Lfl4yYKg • Phillipines, Indonesia, Australia, and Brazil: • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWUcGgSolw4 • Italian • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0n4Vw6twKo&feature=related

  8. Recognize modified signs • Student may not be able to make certain handshapes • What signs or gestures do they already use? • What do they mean when they use those signs or gestures? • Ask parents or caretakers to provide information on home communication.

  9. Pay attention to eye-gaze • When a student is trying to communicate something, watch where they are looking closely. This and a point or wave may be the only indication of a want or need.

  10. What are some basic communication needs? • In groups of 3-5, identify basic communication needs of your students that you see on a daily basis • Record at least 10 basic concepts you feel are important for day-to-day communication

  11. Common Communication Needs