Abstract

Communication between monolingual Spanish-speaking families and their profoundly deaf children is limited when the parents do not have access to the sign language system being acquired by their children in the public schools. This article describes a trilingual (Spanish, English, and Sign Language) approach to conceptual Sign Language acquisition for monolingual Spanish-speaking parents of deaf children. The Spanish speakers participated in a 2-year televised trilingual class. Competence in conceptual Sign Language communication was achieved by participants who viewed the program regularly. In addition, positive attitudinal changes were noted among the participants—in general and specifically with regard to hearing loss and communication with their deaf child.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-0375
Print ISSN
0002-726X
Pages
pp. 285-287
Launched on MUSE
2013-04-22
Open Access
No
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