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From:  Stefan Woehrmann2
Date:  Thu Mar 1, 2001  12:22 am
Subject:  Re: Question for you

Hi Neil,

don hesitate - but do it !

I am convinced that reading and working with SW- signs will allow all of you
to get very quickly an impression about the hidden talents and skills.

I > working several times with students who hadn had any reading or
writing skills before - but within a very very short time - they start to
smile- and all of us are soooo excitet . We can use our brains to read

In the beginning I like to start with kind of memory games: 1 SW-symbol is
to be combined with a toy ----
clear structured symbols - easy to understand with a "gute Gestalt" I made
little cards, laminated them and put them on the table. In the first step I
introduce the pairs - even Gordian has got no problem to associate the
meaning of the SW- symbol card with the toy ...

have a look at the attachment .

All the best and keep us informed - please !!

Stefan ;-)

PS: SW is the most important invention in deaf education

----- Original Message -----
From: Neil Bauman
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 8:55 PM
Subject: Re: Question for you

> Hi Valerie:
> I have a question for you. I'm trying to help a therapist help a 30 year
> old woman who is almost deaf (don't know the exact details yet) Seems she
> never learned to speak and I don't think she reads or writes--at least not
> with understanding. She can copy letters and words but doesn't associate
> them with the things they represent.
> She has had several years of signing and is now working with a speech
> therapist to learn to speak, but it is slow going.
> I'm thinking she has some learning disability or other hangup that stops
> her from grasping the concepts of speech, and reading and writing.
> I remember a couple of years ago on the SW list, we were discussing how
> deaf children went ahead faster when they could put their first language
> paper--and how they then became better at English.
> Since I have been out of the loop for the past year and a half, I don't
> know what further research/results have been found.
> I'm wondering if in this particular case, this lady would benefit from
> being taught SW now--before worrying about trying to get her to speak and
> understand English--then when she can associate the SW "words" with the
> objects they represent, she might be better able to transfer those
> into learning English words. (Apparently she has been in an institution
> her life.)
> Any thoughts?
> Neil
> Neil Bauman
> 49 Piston Court
> Stewartstown, PA 17363
> Phone: (717) 993-8555
> Email:

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