Until very recently, many special education experts have been reluctant to teach Sign Language to children with autism or to encourage parents to practice signing at home. This reluctance has been due to a variety beliefs and biases against signing—most of which have been proven false by current, more in-depth studies and research.

Educators have worried that teaching sign language will discourage children with autism from acquiring spoken language, create additional social barriers between children with autism and their neurotypical peers, or be burdensome by requiring teachers and parents to effectively become bilingual.

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