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Arlington Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD)
Arlington Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) students may continue their learning by using the suggested recommendations below. The online resources and activities will help students reinforce language, communication, self-advocacy, and academics while at home.
Online Resources Available
Children’s Stories in Sign Language
Texas School for the Deaf; Statewide Outreach Center has developed a youtube channel dedicated to interpreting children’s books.
ASLU (American Sign Language University)
This is an online American Sign Language curriculum resource center; free materials, lessons, quizzes, and information and fee-based instructor-guided courses. There are opportunities to test your receptive fingerspelling skills and so many more.
Brain Pop in ASL
Texas Deaf and Hard of Hearing Project has created a youtube channel that has interpreted Brain Pop videos related to the CoronaVirus, hygiene, handwashing, feelings, etc.
Books for Children with Hearing Differences
This link will take you to a compiled list of books for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The list includes the cover photo, title, short description, D/HH Character, and Lexile level. Books range from ages birth to adult.
SEE- Signing Exact English Online Dictionary
The Signing Exact English Interactive Online Dictionary provides the ability to quickly search for words in the dictionary, generates translations of complete sentences, displays videos of signing techniques and provides extensive printing capabilities.
American Sign Language Video Dictionary
A free online video dictionary in American Sign Language. Students may view a live video for each vocabulary word. Vocabulary quizzes are provided.
Activities to Do at Home
Language and Communication
- Utilize closed captioning on all TV’s in the home.
- Read a book and look up unfamiliar words/ multiple meaning words using a (sign language) dictionary.
- Retell stories that have already been read by recording yourself signing/ voicing into a phone/ ipad
- Do a picture walk through a book or read the back of a book and predict what is happening in the story. Read the text to see if your predictions were correct.
- Look through the refrigerator and pantry and name items or read labels. Look up items/words in a (sign language) dictionary.
- Communicate with family members. Work on introductions. Sign names/names of each family member. Take turns. Communicate wants/needs using vocabulary and not gestures or pointing.