Videos: ASL


Three-year-old, Ryan, was identified at birth and diagnosed with a profound hearing loss soon after. His parents were both born with profound hearing loss as well. Here, Ryan’s father uses American Sign Language to expand Ryan’s language base while discussing a recent family vacation.

Dad: Do you remember when we went fishing?  You and I went fishing.  You went fishing with Dad.  Tell me what you remember about it.
Ryan: Well, let’s see… I threw out the line.  We had a hook and it was really hard to put it [worm] on.
Dad: Did you get a worm?  You were good at picking out a worm. Do you remember and you were brave! You remember that? You picked out the worm and then what did you do?
Ryan: I threw out my line.
Dad: And then you held your line and then what? You waited for the… for the fish, right?  And then when you caught a fish did you reel it in? Remember?  Remember all that? And you saw that fish jump out of the water?
Ryan: Yes!.. and clipped it off the line.  Oh, it was wet and … [it was all wet!]




Teacher of the Deaf, Daphne Peacock, and her student use American Sign Language to discuss hobbies and future plans.

Teacher: How many horses do you have?
Student: We have 17.
Teacher: 17??!  At your home?
Student: (Yes)
Teacher: Do you help take care of them?
Student: We feed them, typically in the morning. You know, my parents have to go off to work and everything, but I’m only there on the weekends.
Teacher: So, how did you end up getting 17 horses?
Student: Well, it was actually really easy because we bought one and then, you know, we had a boy and a girl and you know how when you get boy/girls together and then we started training them and started getting more horses. We ended up getting more money and started buying more and more horses. So, most of them we get when they are very young…
Teacher: …So when you talk about being a vet, you want to specialize in horse care?
Student: Yes
Teacher: You know it’s going to be a lot of work! So … do you have a favorite kind of horse?




Two-year-old, Madison, was identified at birth and diagnosed with a severe to profound hearing loss soon after. Her family has focused on building her language base through the use of American Sign Language. She recently received a cochlear implant and some work on audition skills has begun. Here, her mother and Early Interventionist, Shannon Beckstrand work on a language activity, identifying farm animals and inputting expanded concepts.

Madison: Pig!
EI/ Mother:  A pig!
All: Sit there!
EI: Pull it out.
Madison: Duck
EI/Mother:  Duck!
All: Stay there!