I Am A Future Speech Language Pathologist

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While on my path to be a future Speech Language Pathologist, I cannot in good conscience continue without having a decent knowledge of basic conversational American Sign Language (ASL). Before I chose this career my parents took the time to educate me in the ABCs and simple signs, I have continued to learn more as time has gone on. Even with my limited knowledge it has already helped me greatly through out my professional career. However ASL is not always beneficial, primarily with those who are born deaf or hard of hearing. Do you have a favorite book, from any age? Or do you feel a love and passion for writing? Are you good at writing, have you always been? Children who are born deaf or hard of hearing are typically taught to utilize American Sign Language as their primary means of communication. The biggest struggle that deaf or hard of hearing children face is making the transition to text-based literacy, this conflict lies not only in their first language syntactical hindrance but also in the struggle one deals with to make the connections required for such development. While Sign Language gives them a way to verbally communicate, it also places them at a disadvantage for the American English written word. This disadvantage is typically linked back to the fact that since American Sign Language stems from French Sign Language (LSF), and has a similar syntax to the French language. As well as according to Delaporte and Shaw (2011) linguists and anthropologists have long

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