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in Daniels, 2001). Furthermore, some children have an easier time with the visual-perceptual modality (which sign language involves) than the verbal-auditory modality because the brain processes these modalities in different regions (Kouri, 1989). Sign language uses one specific memory store and English uses a different memory store. This allows language abilities to improve as the students acquire a second memory store where they can search for information (Daniels, 2001). Therefore, if students cannot remember the spoken sound for a written word in their English memory store, they can explore the sign language memory store and recall the sign, which leads to remembering the spoken word.
A recent research article by Gillam, Peña, Bedore, Bohman and Mendez-Perez (2013) examined the accuracy of the current EpiSLI testing model for bilingual children with specific language impairment (SLI). Additionally, it explored whether the current EpiSLI model could be modified to give better results in the diagnosis of SLI in bilingual children. Gillam et al. (2013) recruited and screened 1,192 kindergarteners identified as English Language Learners (ELLs), using a bilingual screener to evaluate each child's grasp of both English and Spanish. A follow up study was conducted when the children reached first grade.
While taking care of these children, I experienced language barriers and was faced with an amazing opportunity to witness children learning two languages first hand. I plan to discover the advantages or disadvantages of children being bilingual at a young age. I would like to investigate which language they are more fluent in and their strategies for increasing vocabulary in both languages. I would like to discover the techniques that they are using for increasing their Spanish vocabulary in addition to their English vocabulary. My strategy for this investigation is to spend time with the family and observe them.
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The results demonstrated that the two techniques of phonemic awareness instruction were valuable in teaching phonemic segmentation and in improving participant’s ability to spell the sounds in words despite the fact that letters were not used during the activity. On the other hand, only articulatory instruction improved processes improved participants reading ability. The findings show that that awareness of articulatory gestures enhances the activation of graphophonemic connections that aid children to identify written words. Instructors can begin with Elkonin boxes lesson and have children to stretch a few words out into their different sounds. Elkonin boxes have a positive effect on early elementary grades as they aid children in building their phonological awareness by subdividing words into separate sounds or syllables.
Existing research suggests that there may be positive effects of teaching sign language to hearing infants who haven’t yet developed vocal communication. Sign language systems have been used successfully with individuals who have difficulty learning to communicate through vocal language. In addition to individuals with hearing impairments, individuals with developmental disabilities such as autism and mental retardation have learned to communicate through signs (Bryen & Joyce, 1986). Various researches conducted on different groups of infants conclude similar results. Researchers concluded that sign language can help preverbal children with easier communication, help begin the learning process easier, and aid the development of motor skills.
Sign Language’s Benefits to Society What more do parents want other than their child’s undivided attention? Children can use sign language to express themselves better, learning to communicate in a better manner. This method can also help the adults understand the children, which can spread mutual understanding between people in society. Parents need to teach sign language to their children and themselves for an earlier, deeper understanding to occur between the two sides. Teaching sign language should be mandatory as it benefits the society, especially the younger generation, by enhancing children’s communication skills and behavior, in addition to inducing an inclusive environment.
By looking at studies of bilingual children, research shows how important it is for a child to learn a second language. Raising a bilingual child is a benefit because it improves social skills, academic proficiency, introduces child to a different culture, and prepares for the future. First benefit is a better achievement in school and academically. Studies show that bilingual children have better reading and writing skills, also easily can learn third language. Carey Myles says: "Bilingualism has been linked to a variety of positive cognitive benefits, including early reading, improved problem-solving skills, and higher scores on the SATs, including the math section."
This increase in cognitive skills benefited children in the classroom setting. After receiving extensive early intervention treatment, children typically performed better on standardized testing. With an increase in cognitive skills and better achievement on standardized testing, children were able to be placed in less restrictive classroom settings (Smith, 199... ... middle of paper ... ...isorder. References Early Intervention Improves Social Skills and Brain Activity in Preschoolers with Autism, Study Finds. (2012, October 26).