Sign Language for Autism

As we move further in our understanding of the importance of communication in our society we comprehend more and more the power of sign language.  Allowing those without the ability to speak according to social norms and those without the ability to speak yet the ability to communicate has opened a whole new world to our eyes.  Now, we are beginning to understand how sign language can be beneficial to individuals with autism, something that anyone with a loved one with autism will want to investigate for themselves.

Sign language is a great tool for individuals with autism because it allows them to skip the difficulties presented by vocal communication.  Many who struggle with autism struggle mainly by not being able to communicate verbally and express vital wants and needs.  With sign language, this hurdle is eliminated and a sense of power and independence is restored to the individual.  But is there any proof that sign language has been successful for individuals struggling with autism?

Many studies (Mirenda and Erickson, 2000; Mirenda, 2003; Tincani 2004) have shown that “manual sign language has been shown to support the development of vocal verbal behavior in some individuals with autism and developmental disabilities”.  This doesn’t mean that sign language will resolve all problems with autism for all children, but it does give hope to those still searching for the right treatment.

There are those that contend that sign language has little or no benefit for certain students with autism, but this is the case with almost any treatment for autism or related developmental disorders.  The fact is that no one treatment will work for every individual with autism, but it is an option that has worked for some individuals with the disorder.  Don’t give up if the process doesn’t work for your loved one, continue to consult with your doctor or therapist for the next course of action.

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