Lifeprint.com defines American Sign Language as "a visually perceived language based on a naturally evolved system of articulated hand gestures and their placement relative to the body, along with non-manual markers such as facial expressions, head movements, shoulder raises, mouth morphemes, and movements of the body." ASL is a language with its own unique rules of grammar and syntax. In Texas it is the third most studied language, behind Spanish and French.
The Clerc Center offers the K-12 ASL Content Standards to guide classroom instruction on ASL Development for Deaf students.
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) offers information on American Sign Language (ASL) that includes:
Hands & Voices provides an explanation of what American Sign Language (ASL) is, issues surrounding its use, questions parents should be asking, and additional resources.
American Sign Language: Language Acquisition/Developmental Milestones - from the American Society of Deaf Children
Make Reading Fun and Accessible: The Shared Reading Project Way - from the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
Baby Sign Language presents background information, a baby sign language dictionary, wall charts, flashcards, a blog, and discusses that supports using sign language with your baby, regardless of the child's hearing status or the primary mode of communication you may choose. The research suggests that using sign language with your baby, will:
Deaflinx.com presents the goal, benefits, disadvantages of, and resources for the Bilingual-Bicultural Educational Approach.
Visual Language & Visual Learning (VL2) created a Research Brief on the topic of ASL/English Bilingual Education.
National American Sign Language and English Bilingual Consortium for Early Childhood Education - an organization focusing on the development, management, and coordination of ASL/English bilingual early childhood programs
Information about Gestuno is available on the Lifeprint website.