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.
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?
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?
ASL Numbers 1-10
Starting with 1-10 is where most people start when learning ASL numbers.
Here are some free worksheets you can print and use. 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 can be used at home or at school. They may not be sold or used commercially, thanks.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
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.