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Subject: ASL books
Date Posted: 3/7/2012 9:56 PM ET
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I am teaching students with autism and developmental/cognitive disabilities.  I am looking for some good books to help teach me basic signs in ASL (American Sign Language) to teach/communicate with my students.  Does anyone have good recommendations?

Date Posted: 3/17/2012 9:08 PM ET
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I took a number of sign language courses many years ago.  The books that I found very helpful then were:

A Basic Course in American Sign Language   &  The Joy of Signing

The  Basic Course book was the one I used the most.  It has lots of illustrations showing how the signs are made, with some explanations as well as exercises for practice.   It was the textbook for a couple of the classes I took.

You can find both on Amazon. 

 

Date Posted: 3/21/2012 11:02 AM ET
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I like The joy of signing, too.

You might look at "Sesame Street's Sign Language ABC with Linda Bove". It has the alphabet, numbers, names of common objects, phrases and colorful pictures. Very nice book for all ages, I think. Unfortunately there's not a current reprint. You can get the 1985 publication at Amazon for a reasonable price. I hope this link works:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0394875168/sr=1-1/qid=1332341754/ref=olp_page_next?ie=UTF8&shipPromoFilter=0&coliid=&startIndex=15&sort=sip&me=&qid=1332341754&sr=1-1&colid=&condition=used

Date Posted: 8/20/2012 5:19 PM ET
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I hate to say this, but as. Deaf person, I do not like the Joy of Signing. Many of the signs are not really ASL signs. This book was written/illustrated by hearing people. I would recommend you google for ASL books written by Deaf signers or maybe from Gallaudet University Press. Just a suggestion. :). Signing Time DVDs are pretty good for kids!
Date Posted: 8/20/2012 5:19 PM ET
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Www.lifeprint.com is one of the few great ASL websites.
Date Posted: 8/26/2012 8:26 PM ET
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Thanks for all the suggestions!

Date Posted: 9/18/2012 9:53 PM ET
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I am taking ASL right now and I love the book we are using. It is called Signing Naturally. My teacher is Deaf and she likes the book. I also suggest For Hearing People Only. Lots of questions in there about the Deaf.

Date Posted: 1/21/2013 9:21 PM ET
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Try aslpro.com. I also used to teach using Signing Naturally.