I remember my first intro to sign language course. It wasn’t even called American Sign Language (ASL) but SIGNED LANGUAGE in ENGLISH. WOW.. that set’s me back a few years. Now ASL is recognized as a foreign language in many colleges and schools, therefore, allowing students to learn credit for their efforts and promoting signing in our communities.
SIGNING FAMILIES, my instructional company focuses on melding developmental psychology with sign language instruction. We are deeply rooted in the bilingual-bicultural worlds and have an affinity to work with children and families within the special needs communities. Most of our connections are in fact within special education.
There are many great companies that are producing some sensational ASL learning tools to help those who are motivated to learn the basics of sign language. I happily will promote and offer reviews and links to those who I feel are really connected to ASL and not just wanting to “teach sign” in order to line their pockets with your cash.
So without much further ado.. here are a few that really “get” ASL –
VISUALIZE ASL is the brainchild of Cathi Bouton. I love that she has her heart and soul in the deaf world as well as the hearing. Cathi told me that she wanted to give her students some interactive way to practice after classroom instruction. Through research, trial and error and much sweat, Cathi created the VISUALIZE ASL Interactive Activities for learners of American Sign Language. I previewed the Basic Vocabulary and Fingerspelling CD along with the Match Games. Both were very good for novice learners and quite enjoyable. Both were soundly developed according to sign language linguistic principles -which I truly appreciated. I would offer this as a good supplement for college students, home educated students and those who wish to take on ASL instruction at the comfort of their home computer. This can be purchased on their website or via AMAZON and HARRIS COMMUNICATIONS. Check out Visualize ASL on YouTube too!
EVERYDAY ASL is another wonderful sign language instructional company. I love how the duo of Gilda Toby Ganezer & Avery Posner developed a series of videos to demonstrate ASL IDIOMS. Also, they have APPS and YouTube Videos available. The apps are my favorite as you can learn to sign “on the go”.
And, I would be really remiss if I didn’t invite you to check out the many fun, interactive and inexpensive ways to learn ASL via my company SIGNING FAMILIES. We have ONLINE VIDEOS for beginners, homeschool learners and even those who use sign language adaptively.
We also offer a series of DVDs, communication charts, folders and bookmarks. ALL of our products are made with input from educators, students and people within the special needs communities. (Our I WANT, I FEEL CHART was made by request from families within the Autism Community)