August 2009 Featured Article
By: Melissa "echo" Greenlee
As busy parents, many times our brains are over loaded with the tasks and responsibilities of our daily grind. Whether it be work, play, child rearing or all three, learning and executing new ASL signs takes just a little effort, but it really is much easier than you might think. There are many things you can do to help enhance your ability to remember a sign learned in a book, DVD or class. When learning new ASL signs, turn to these 5 simple tips to help you quickly learn and remember them:
1. - A short note or picture can help you to remember how to execute an ASL sign? Keep a small, coil-bound notepad handy to write down memory reinforcers. Sentences don't have to be complete, little notes will do. Write the English word as the heading, followed by your notes. Better yet, if you don't have a handout or other printed sign vocabulary, draw little pictures of the sign to help jog your memory.
The best advice I can give you to help increase your ability to quickly learn and remember a sign is something my father taught me long ago, "practice makes perfect!" Sign the vocabulary over and over and over again in as many appropriate contexts as possible. The more you use the sign in your daily life, the easier it will be to recall and the more proficient you'll become.
Article Submitted by: Certified Sign2Me Instructor, Melissa "echo" Greenlee, Washington
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