Mini-Course: Preparing for School-Entry


4 - Teaching a Child with a Cochlear Implant

Examples of nonverbal signals

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American Sign Language (ASL) is another source of nonverbal signals. Some children with cochlear implants use ASL, but many do not. Check with a parent about the child's proficiency in ASL and be sure to ask if the parent wants his or her child to use ASL. If sign language is an option, then consider learning a few key signs such as "Listen. Repeat. Bathroom. Eat. Write. Read. Friend. Great job! Help."

The Communication Technology Laboratory website at Michigan State University provides short video clips of vocabulary in ASL. To reach this website, enter the search terms "Comm Tech Lab Michigan State University ASL Browser" into Google.

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