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Impaired development, weakened language, hampered socialskills and other problems are associated with the neural disability calledautism. This disability can be detected in the childhood, during theinitial several years and it causes damage to many parts of the brain. The issue in question will stay in the period of adulthood impairing the imaginative and creativeplay, social interaction and nonverbal and verbal communication, which are thethree most important development areas. Autistic children will benefit from the sign language, which is a communicationmode for autistic children. It involves facial expression, arms, hands - the whole body, and uses it to express something and communicate. Thefollowing text will focus on the benefits of this language.

Why Do We Teach Sign Language?

Autistic children learn this language due to several reasons. Sign languagewill help autistic children to realize the connection of the mastered signs andthe spoken words. This language will help the child to be more social aware andpresent. Children with autism will also be able to make meaningful associationsand to express emotions and feelings. Sign language will help thechild make meaningful patterns. There are many benefits associated with thislanguage and one of them is the ability to state the desires and needs,decreasing the tantrums as well, which is very important.

Benefits

Now we will see the benefits associated with the sign language.Language and speech gap will be reduced and the inactive parts of the brainwill be activated due to the sign language. Learning of the new gestures willbe easier for the child. Aggression, self-injury, anxiety and tantrums are someof the negative social behaviors that autistic children express and one of thereasons for these behavior patterns is the inability to state the desires andneeds. Communication will be made possible with the sign language and the non-socialbehavior will be decreased. Social interaction is based on the receptive andexpressive language skills and by making autistic children able to connectmeaning and gestures, we can improve their social interaction. Also, cognitivestructures will be developed and the connections will be made in the brain, which will promote language and speech, thus enabling communication and learning.

Disadvantages

Autistic children have an attention deficit disorder and due to the fact thatfocus is needed in order to learn the sign language, it may be more harmfulthan productive. Also, the child may become isolated because other people may notknow this language.

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