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Using Sign Language with Pediatric Patients: 100 Signs for Easy, Effective Communication in Therapy

Jill Eversmann
5 Hours 10 Minutes
Dec 14, 2017
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In this recording, you will learn to recognize and demonstrate 100 signs and incorporate them into your practice right away.

Sign language isn't only used by the Deaf community; it is often used by children with general speech and language delays and disorders, developmental delays, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, and hearing loss. One effective way to communicate with this population is through sign language. However, many don't have time to become fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Course instructor, Jill Eversmann, is here to help! In this recording, you will learn to recognize and demonstrate 100 basic signs, the manual alphabet, and numbers from 1-20 as well as how to incorporate them into your practice immediately.


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JILL EVERSMANN, MS, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and sign language instructor in Columbia, SC. She is the owner of Speech Signs, LLC, which offers speech therapy services and sign language instruction. She has over 30 years of experience, most of which has been with children aged birth-five years old. She loves working with young children and their families as well as sharing her knowledge and expertise with other professionals. Ms. Eversmann is a dynamic presenter and a sought-after speaker. Her seminars offer crucial information, innovative ideas and effective techniques that attendees will be able to use immediately in their practices.
Ms. Eversmann received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University and her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson State University. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is licensed by the state of South Carolina.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial – Receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education.

Non-financial – No relevant non-financial relationship exists.


  1. Recognize and demonstrate 100 basic ASL signs, the manual alphabet, and numbers 1-20
  2. Explain how and when to begin using sign language with a patient
  3. Recognize the benefits of sign language for children with Down syndrome, autism, childhood apraxia of speech, and general speech and language delays and disorders
  4. Distinguish the use of sign language in preverbal and nonverbal hearing patients
  5. Explore the benefits of using ASL as an AAC system for preverbal and nonverbal hearing patients
  6. Evaluate the factors to consider when determining whether or not signing is a good communication option for a patient


  • Brief history of ASL
  • Basic rules for producing signs
  • Benefits of signing
  • 25 signs
  • Manual alphabet
    • Signing vs. spelling
    • Proper names, initialized signs, describing sign formation
  • ASL using songs
    • Demonstration (video)
  • Interactive sign review
  • Interactive review of the manual alphabet
    • Spelling skills
  • 25 signs
  • Numbers 1-10
  • How and when to start
  • Indicators and contraindications
  • Signing with young children
    • Greetings, eye contact, and attention skills
    • Supplement speech and language skills
    • Reduce the frequency of tantrums
  • 25 signs
  • Numbers 11-20
  • Signing specifics for professionals:
    • SLPs
      • As an AAC system
      • Receptive and expressive language skills
      • Improving communication when speech intelligibility is fair to poor
      • Reduce auditory overstimulation
    • OT/PTs
      • Specific activities
      • Visual representation of motor actions and descriptive terms
      • Behavior programs
    • Early Interventionists/Educators
      • Specific signs for educators
      • Early cognitive concepts
      • Second language
      • Visual schedules, classroom management
      • Supporting behavior programs
      • For children who are not strong auditory learners
    • Healthcare Providers
      • Specific signs for healthcare providers
      • Signs for social interaction
      • Communicating basic wants and needs
  • Video
  • Review of signs
  • Small group practice
  • Addresses a variety of learning styles
  • Motor memory, decreased auditory input, multi-modality
  • Improves eye contact and attention
  • Benefits over other signing systems
  • Interactive sign review
    • 100 signs
    • Manual alphabet
    • Numbers

Target Audience

  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Early Intervention Staff
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Educators

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