sign language

Sign Language to Help Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Childhood apraxia of speech may be effectively treated in part with sign language. That was the conclusion of a study by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, who recommended further study and noted the effectiveness of early intervention of numerous pediatric therapies together.

There is a great deal of evidence to show that learning sign language is beneficial for all children – regardless of whether they have a speech delay. Researchers have found when children learn sign language:

  • It improves the cognition in typically-developing children;
  • It does not impair or prevent communication for children with disabilities;
  • It can help both younger and older children develop important language skills.