Simplified Signs: A Manual Sign-Communication System for Special Populations, Volume 1. - cover image

Copyright

John D. Bonvillian; Nicole Kissane Lee; Tracy T. Dooley; Filip T. Loncke

Published On

2020-07-30

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-923-2
Hardback978-1-78374-924-9
PDF978-1-78374-925-6
HTML978-1-80064-615-5
XML978-1-78374-928-7
EPUB978-1-78374-926-3
MOBI978-1-78374-927-0

Language

  • English

Print Length

650 pages (xxiv+626)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 33 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.31" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 35 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.38" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1980g (69.84oz)
Hardback2383g (84.06oz)

Media

Illustrations50

OCLC Number

1182807790

LCCN

2020376731

BIC

  • C
  • CB
  • CFZ

BISAC

  • EDU000000
  • LAN017000
  • LAN000000

LCC

  • HV2741

Keywords

  • manual sign communication
  • mastering spoken languages
  • mastering full sign languages
  • intellectual disabilities
  • cerebral palsy
  • autism
  • aphasia
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Simplified Signs

A Manual Sign-Communication System for Special Populations, Volume 1.

  • John D. Bonvillian (author)
  • Nicole Kissane Lee (author)
  • Tracy T. Dooley (author)
  • Filip T. Loncke (author)
This book is part of a 2-volume set. The other volume in the set is:

Simplified Signs presents a system of manual sign communication intended for special populations who have had limited success mastering spoken or full sign languages. It is the culmination of over twenty years of research and development by the authors. The Simplified Sign System has been developed and tested for ease of sign comprehension, memorization, and formation by limiting the complexity of the motor skills required to form each sign, and by ensuring that each sign visually resembles the meaning it conveys. Volume 1 outlines the research underpinning and informing the project, and places the Simplified Sign System in a wider context of sign usage, historically and by different populations. Volume 2 presents the lexicon of signs, totalling approximately 1000 signs, each with a clear illustration and a written description of how the sign is formed, as well as a memory aid that connects the sign visually to the meaning that it conveys. While the Simplified Sign System originally was developed to meet the needs of persons with intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism, or aphasia, it may also assist the communication needs of a wider audience – such as healthcare professionals, aid workers, military personnel, travellers or parents, and children who have not yet mastered spoken language. The system also has been shown to enhance learning for individuals studying a foreign language. Lucid and comprehensive, this work constitutes a valuable resource that will enhance the communicative interactions of many different people, and will be of great interest to researchers and educators alike.

Reviews

Parents and teachers of children with special communication needs -- these books are for you. 'Simplified Signs' can be the first step toward meaningful communication.

Jean Frances Andrews, emeritus Professor, Lamar University, Department of Deaf Studies/Deaf Education,

Choice Connect (0009-4978), vol. 58, no. 9, 2021.

Table of Contents

Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments

John D. Bonvillian and William Boone Bonvillian


Postscript
1. Introduction

John D. Bonvillian, Nicole Kissane Lee, Tracy T. Dooley and Filip T. Loncke


Addressing Concerns about Sign-Communication Training and Teaching
Special Populations
The Simplified Sign System
Goals, Clarifications, and Recommendations
Other Potential Users of the Simplified Sign System
Contents and Structure of the Two Volumes
2. Use of Manual Signs and Gestures by Hearing Persons: Historical Perspectives

John D. Bonvillian, Nicole Kissane Lee, Tracy T. Dooley and Filip T. Loncke


The Origins of Language
Signs as a Natural and Universal Form of Communication
Gestural and Sign Use Cross-Culturally
Sign Communication in North America
Europeans in the New World and their Communicative Interactions through Signs
Early European Gestural Communication
Concluding Remarks
3. Deaf Persons and Sign Languages

John D. Bonvillian, Nicole Kissane Lee, Tracy T. Dooley and Filip T. Loncke


Deaf Education and the Recognition of Sign Languages
Sign Production
Different Sign Languages and Obstacles to Sign Communication Worldwide
Unique Aspects of Sign Languages
Iconic Signs
Sign Language Acquisition
Concluding Remarks
4. Sign Communication in Persons with an Intellectual Disability or with Cerebral Palsy

John D. Bonvillian, Nicole Kissane Lee, Tracy T. Dooley and Filip T. Loncke


An Early Study
Intellectual Disability
Cerebral Palsy
Recommendations for Enhancing the Sign-Learning Environment
Selecting Signs
5. Childhood Autism and Sign Communication

John D. Bonvillian, Nicole Kissane Lee, Tracy T. Dooley and Filip T. Loncke


Childhood Autism
Sign-Communication Training and Teaching
Dispelling Myths
Teaching Generalization and Spontaneous Communication Skills
Motor and Imitation Abilities
Other Non-Oral Approaches
Evaluative Comments
6. Sign-Communication Intervention in Adults and Children with Aphasia

John D. Bonvillian, Nicole Kissane Lee, Tracy T. Dooley and Filip T. Loncke


Introduction to Aphasia and Apraxia
Sign-Communication Training Outcomes
Sign Facilitation of Spoken Language
Acquired Childhood Aphasia and Landau-Kleffner Syndrome
Developmental Language Disorder and Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Concluding Remarks
7. Use of Manual Signs and Gestures by Hearing Persons: Contemporary Perspectives

John D. Bonvillian, Nicole Kissane Lee, Tracy T. Dooley and Filip T. Loncke


Teaching Signs to Hearing Infants of Hearing Parents
Socioeconomic Intervention Programs and Language
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Academic Settings
Using Manual Signs to Improve Reading Comprehension
Facilitating Foreign Language Vocabulary Acquisition
Learning to Sign May Positively Affect One’s Cognitive Abilities
Concluding Remarks
8. Development of the Simplified Sign System

John D. Bonvillian, Nicole Kissane Lee, Tracy T. Dooley and Filip T. Loncke


Background Information
Step One: Iconic Sign Selection
Step Two: Sign Formation Modification
Step Three: Testing of Simplified Signs with Undergraduate Students
Step Four: Comparison Testing of Simplified Signs
Step Five: Feedback from Users
Step Six: Memory Aids
Concluding Remarks
9. Application and Use of the Simplified Sign System with Persons with Disabilities

John D. Bonvillian, Nicole Kissane Lee, Tracy T. Dooley and Filip T. Loncke


Approaches to Teaching the Simplified Sign System
Guidelines for Using the Simplified Sign System
Frequently Asked Questions
Concluding Remarks
Appendix A: Sign Language Dictionaries and Other Sources
Appendix B: Handshapes

John D. Bonvillian, Nicole Kissane Lee, Tracy T. Dooley and Filip T. Loncke


Appendix C: Palm, Finger, and Knuckle Orientation

John D. Bonvillian, Nicole Kissane Lee, Tracy T. Dooley and Filip T. Loncke


Palm Orientation
Finger/Knuckle Orientation
Glossary
References
Author Biographies
Name Index
Subject Index
About the publishing team

Contributors

John D. Bonvillian

(author)
Psychology Department at University of Virginia

Nicole Kissane Lee

(author)

Tracy T. Dooley

(author)

Filip T. Loncke

(author)