Dear Lipreading Mom,
Sign language has been difficult for me to learn. I don't know why I can't remember signs or get confused when people sign to me. Can you recommend any help?
Lost in ASL Translation
Dear Lost in ASL,
Lipreading Mom has an embarrassing confession to make: I have the same difficulty. Whenever someone signs, I stare in confusion, trying to draw meaning from their moving fingers. I’m not proud to admit that while I can learn and regularly use sign language at home and church, I don’t always understand what another person is signing to me. I may have sign language dyslexia. That’s not an official diagnosis, nor have I ever heard of someone else having this kind of dyslexia. But it applies in both of our cases.
Do You Have Sign Language Dyslexia?
Since you can relate, you might find the following suggestions helpful:
I hope these tips will ease some of your (and my) signing confusion.
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Shanna Groves was diagnosed with progressive hearing loss after the birth of her first child. She was 27. Raised in a hearing family, Shanna traces her hearing loss to a genetic loss on the paternal side of her family. She is mom to three young children, a published author, and speaker. Her books are featured at www.ShannaGroves.com. Shanna blogs about being a hard of hearing mom at http://LipreadingMom.com.