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ASL Numbers

Learning numbers in ASL is one of the quickest ways to be successful in learning the language. Numbers 0-10 are pretty intuitive.

ASL is the 4th most common language in the United States. While originally developed for deaf people and hard of hearing, now many parents teach it to babies before they have spoken language.

Get your free printable worksheets for American Sign Language Numbers.

And, for reasons not fully understood, many autistic students who lack verbal skills, can express themselves using ASL.

My own son who is now a teenager, has very few verbal expressions but has many things he can say in ASL.

Teaching numbers in sign language is also a math skill, even if the child doesn’t realize it.

Part of learning math and numbers is being able to quantify things—like being able to not just know the number 2 and say the number 2, but can you visualize what 2 of something looks like?

Teaching sign language to babies is very popular.

But when you are doing the sign language sign for 2, you are holding up 2 fingers. Thus, it reinforces what 2 of something looks like. Make sense?

Sign Language Numbers 1-10

Starting with 1-10 is where most people start when learning ASL numbers. This is an area where participants can have early success in this new skill. From there you can build to learning colors in sign language or other common words like thank you in ASL.

Here are some free ASL Number worksheets you can print and use. They include coloring pages which can make learning sign language more fun and more inviting for kids.

In addition to the sign language number skills, there are many other skills that can be reinforced. I have them listed below the free PDF worksheets.

The PDF worksheets for sign language numbers can be used at home or at school. They may not be sold or used commercially, per the terms of the clip art.

ASL-Number-Coloring-Workbook

I have a few other resources for you to use for ASL and learning numbers in ASL.

ASLNumberWorksheets

Here is a coloring workbook of ASL numbers.

ASLNumberBook

After you learn the ASL numbers, you may want to learn the ASL alphabet for fingerspelling, colors in sign language, or other common words in ASL.

Happy signing!

American Sign Language Worksheets

Here is more for you if you are learning ASL.

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  • Fine Motor Skills-Games, crafts and coloring activities are a great way to use and practice a child’s fine motor skills.
  • Speech and Language– Many parents seek out a language-rich environment for their child. Any activity can be an opportunity to use and repeat new words and language, mimicking sounds, new vocalizations and articulations.
  • Executive Functioning Skills– Depending on the game or activity, it can be an opportunity to practice executive functions such as working memory, sequencing, following directions, task initiation and more.
  • Handwriting and Fluency- This piggybacks onto the language skills a child needs, but with worksheets, coloring pages and games, they can be a low-risk opportunity to practice handwriting and fluency.
  • Practicing Previously Acquired Skills-Applying already acquired skills across all environments, bring the classroom teaching into the real world.
  • Sensory-Textures, sounds, taste, vestibular, interoception, anything!
  • Social Awareness-Practice traditional social skills in a safe environment, such as: joint attention, taking turns, reciprocating conversation, waiting politely, and more.
  • Gross Motor-If you’re in a new place, practice walking across uneven surfaces, new surfaces, inclines & declines, stairs, or increasing endurance.

ASL and your IEP

If you or your child uses ASL or sign language, or, you wish for them to use ASL, there are a few things you should know.

  • ASL is the 4th most common language used in the USA (know this as a reference point, in case you hear “well no one really uses ASL anymore”)
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing and ASL is one of the Special Factors on the IEP, which means that the IEP team must consider and discuss this.
  • If you use ASL as a parent, but your child is not deaf or hard of hearing, the school must provide an ASL interpreter if you request it (for IEP meetings, etc). The rule still applies that all communication with the parent must be in a language that you understand.
  • If your child is deaf, the team must still consider LRE or Least Restrictive Environment. A district cannot send a child to a school for the deaf just because they are deaf. All other options must be considered and discussed.
  • As always, submit your parental concerns in writing, follow up with a PWN.

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