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American Sign Language (ASL) is a form of communication that is produced by body movements, particularly the hands and arms, reinforced by appropriate facial expressions. Sign language is an independent language that can be referred to as a manual form of communication where signs are used to convey wants, needs or ideas. This is the primary language used amongst the Deaf community, but can be greatly beneficial for individuals with a variety of developmental/ communication disorders (autism, apraxia, cerebral palsy, down syndrome etc.). Sign language can be used as an alternative to oral speech, which in turn, bridges the communication gap for those who may not have the ability to verbalize effectively.  

Using sign language with oral speech simultaneously has shown to promote an increase in use of vocal/ verbal behavior. This simultaneous communication facilitates the production of speech and has positive effects on the production of verbalizations without discriminating against a specific type of disorder or conditions of intervention.