From Hearing ASL Student
Aikya Param RScP
12/1/2011 3:59:33 PM
I'm a hearing senior citizen learning ASL. Also I have taught a child with receptive aphasia and recently interacted iwth a 6 yr old boy, born deaf with a cochlear implant. I'm fascinated by language aquisition and what parts of the brain does what. A natural left handed person, I was trained to be right handed. My left hand, however, is the one that does ASL better. The article's information about right and left hemispheric activity had personal implications for me due to my dominant handedness developmental issue.
Re: cochlear implants, the ability to hear sound does not equate to the ability to associate specific meaning to specific spoken sound.In my opinion the sound-meaning connection needs to be taught just as the handshape/gesture connection to meaning must be taught and learned.