American Sign Language, Peer Play, and the Deaf Child: A Case Study of Ann
Millicent Musyoka
Lamar University, Beaumont, USA.
DOI: 10.4236/psych.2015.614178   PDF   HTML   XML   2,573 Downloads   3,746 Views   Citations


Play provides signing deaf children with the opportunity to communicate and interact with peers while they use and develop conversation skills or extended discourse in American Sign Language (ASL) (Musyoka, 2015). The goal of this study is to examine how play supports thinking, imagination, social, language and literacy development. To analyze the effectiveness of play, the researcher investigated how one deaf child, Ann used her ASL with various play partners in different play centers set up by the teacher in a preschool classroom that followed the ASL/English bilingual philosophy.

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Musyoka, M. (2015) American Sign Language, Peer Play, and the Deaf Child: A Case Study of Ann. Psychology, 6, 1822-1831. doi: 10.4236/psych.2015.614178.

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