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Benefits of Learning Sign Language

There are lots of ways that can be used to communicate with each other. Human beings, aside from communicating verbally, had started communicating through body language. Before anyone can learn how to talk, actions are the most fundamental ways of sending a message to someone else. For example, a can send a message that they no longer want to drink milk if they are tilting their heads sideways which can be easily interpreted as a sign of refusal. Even adults use actions to send out a message or to give a response.

learning sign language for her daughterInstead of trying to shout and call someone at the top of their lungs, they can simply get in the line of sight of the person that they’re trying to call to get their attention. A simple wave of the hand that shows a gesture of pointing the palm outward and gesturing it down in repeated fast pace is a universal sign of calling someone to come near them or get closer.

There are lots of instances where a simple gesture comes in handy. On a particular note, a part of our community is the people who were born or obtains being deaf or a hearing impairment.

Communicating becomes a lot way harder for them because the sign language that they use is something that not everyone can understand and would most often only be used by other deaf or hearing-impaired individuals too. There are also a few others who know and understand sign language as they might be working as an interpreter, an educator for them, or they might have a family member or someone close to them who is deaf or hard of hearing. Of course, learning the sign language is not limited to anyone or to a particular group of people only.

Whoever is willing to learn the language can easily do so, and they could even start working as an interpreter, or it could also help them widen their social group through having more friends in the deaf and mute community. Aside from that, there are lots of benefits in learning the sign language. Here are some of those, to name a few:

1. Second Language

It’s not just the spoken languages that give our brain benefits through better development, but the same goes with the sign language – any language as a matter of fact. Learning a second language has been proven to give a person an advantage, not just in terms of being readily available to use such language but also in how your brain processes cognitively.

2. Communication skills

Generally, a person who knows and uses ASL (American Sign Language) continually develops their overall communication skills. The structure of the language helps you in reformulating your ideas and thoughts more precisely. Sign language does not only relate to the physical movement but it also portrays the emotional language and engaging in sign language communications will help you improve your ability to interpret and read a person’s action.

improving communication skillsHaving such skill is not just usable in interacting with the deaf and the hearing-impaired community but even with those who are outside this circle. As you time goes, you would learn what a simple eye twitch can mean. Incorporating it with their facial expression, it could say that they are nervous, they are excited, etc. It’s a skill that no one could ever teach and can only be developed through experience and personal assimilation.

3. Spelling

Yes. You’ve read that correctly. Learning sign language will help you improve your spelling because aside from the actions that equal with words, they also use their hands and certain placement of such that equivalents with every letter in the alphabet. Therefore, you get to spell out the words that you have no gesture for, and they would still understand what you mean or try to say.

As you try to catch up with the exchange of finger-spelled words, it helps you become more receptive. It also improves your visual periphery, that it helps you keep a good track of the environment.