The Implementation and Effects of Sign Language in the Households Of Children Ages Birth to Three Years That Struggle With Communication

Date of Award

Fall 12-19-2019

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Donna Brown


Observational, parental hand over hand assistance, home visits



The purpose of this study is to help children with communication delays and needs by implementing sign language in their household. This will be done by working as an early interventionist in the homes of children birth to 3 years of age. I will be working on, and implementing interventions to help not only the children but also the rest of the family learn simple sign language to enhance a child’s communication, especially when it comes to expressing their wants and needs. The goal will be to use sign language to try and counteract the language delays that are happening in the households of families.

The interventions will consist of me bringing in simple sign language methods in the home environment, such as, repetition, mimicking, having the parents and family involved and giving families extra resources. The study will be monitored by observation, and parent surveys asking about their child’s communication skills improvement. I am an Early Childhood Special Education teacher who has had experience with implementing sign language with children for three years.

The hypothesis is that by introducing families to sign language and incorporating it in both theirs and their child’s daily lives that it will enhance the child’s communication skills.

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