Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (PSE, ASL, and Kids versions)

PSE 0:25
For Kids 1:18
ASL 2:09

Don't know what PSE is? Check out my "Why ASL" video! I explain it.
The kids version is what I would use in music therapy or just when teaching kids how to sign. It's just simplified.
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  1. I find it appalling the criticism that you have undergone in the comments section. I find your videos, and defense inspirational. You speak with knowledge about and for the community of children with diverse alternative communication needs. Hearing, cognition, developmental stage, fine motor skills, motor planning, and community determine communication needs, and approach.
    ASL is a beautiful language that deserves recognition by all. It is not the only or most rational solution for signing method though. because it does require interpretation.
    I’m appalled by the accusations of oppression in unwarranted circumstances, and hurtful that understanding is not reciprocated. Either one accuser may be ignoring, or may not consider that alternative hearing communicators face similar barriers.
    Absolutely, I consider it reasonable for one to be upset by a scenario such as forcing a non hearing mainstreamed child in a non deaf program to only learn PSE or SEE, because it is easier for the staff, parents, and community to have them adapt to that enviroment without any consideration. I believe that the community of a signing communicator is an important factor as to method of communication, but that ASL should always be offered, and encouraged for a hard of hearing person, and could only bennefit them as adults that may expand the community to include ASL communicators.
    I learned some sign “language” in middle school in an after school program that was volintary, and not for credit. Later I learned that what I was taught was either SEE, or PSE. It was not lazy of me, nor did I participate to act or encourage oppression of the ASL community. It is what was available in my small community with less educational resources, and rarely a hard of hearing student who was either mainstreamed or in an alternative classroom.
    I can say looking back from my perspective as a youth is I remember having a hard of hearing classmate in elementary with developmental, and intellectual impairments that I befriended, and learned some basic signs routinely used signs for. I don’t believe it was ASL, and probably similar to your kid style signing approach . I was adapting to her needs, and communication choices made for her.
    Later, in middle school we had a deaf classmate, that I am not certain of what she signed being the same as what we were learning in signing class. She signed very quickly, and it was difficult to read her signs, or know her range of signs. She often would end up finger spelling things out during our attempts to communicate. Looking back on it, I would say that she probably did sign native ASL, but had an understanding of PSE/ SEE.
    Looking back on this, I would say that it would have been respectful of our instructor to have given background information about the actual language ASL, and how it requires interpretation/ decoding, follows different syntax, and is truly a visual understanding of language, and not just hand movements that replace a word. It is oppressive to not aknowledge the existence of ASL, give awareness to the deaf community, and to just teach us other sign “language” without explaining the different approaches.
    Now I can say as a mother of a special needs autistic child that you indeed have the best understanding of the versatile communication needs of anyone I know. In our scenario different methods of sign have been used over the course of development with my child. She was unresponsive to signing entirely, because of lack of attention, cognition, fine motor skills, and motor planning. Over the course of a year she learned no signs when trying to get sign interpretation. That is when we tried AAC in the form of a dynamic display device with audio output through a picture representation of a word. Soon after her motor skills improved on her device, and later enough to make her very first sign. AAC was successful to break the barrier of communication, because it bypassed the barrier of social adversion, and avoidence of eye contact while requiring less motor skills, less motor planning, and easier coordinating. We learned baby signs, and many signs were not learned due to difficulty with motor planning until later on.
    Today she has a variety of signs, her imitation is much better, her attention is improved, and she will look towards you, and imitate much more willingly. She now has an adversion to using her device, and prefers signing.
    The schools don’t promote signing, because it’s not universal. I thing this is wrong. We moved to an area where we have a large community of special needs children, and known for its special needs programs, that still fall short of communication understanding and adversion toward sign in hearing students. We even have a deaf school within a reasonable distance, but our children get none of the bennefits that can be offered at a deaf school despite their communication needs. They are in a gray area. They have no community to support ASL. Many non high functioning children would be lost in interpretation of ASL, and need alternatives, especially with no access to ASL community. Our children are often already multimodal communicators with major barriers to learning, thus making communication even more difficult. She uses a device at school, sign at home, and is learning to speak some words, or approximations while continuing to use her signs. I don’t want to replace what she has learned; this language is a part of her. She does have a difficult time motor planning sounds, and I believe she also has Apraxia. This is also a bennefit to continuing to sign while producing new souns, words, or approximations.
    We recieve signing instruction through the only program I could find that extended this to special need communicators. With 1 hour a week, no community of signers, and barriers in communication signing comes at a much slower rate. We were initially learning basic signs for ASL, but given my child’s cognition, educational environment, being hearing, and making sound approximations, my decision to not follow ASL format. I’m not lazy about not taking the ASL approach; I’m adapting to her needs. Also, I have become more interested in learning ASL through my understanding of different signing methods , and find it to be a beautiful language through its interpretive nature, that maybe one day we can learn.
    Believe me when I say if ASL could be learned by her I would choose that for her. I would have loved a community for her, but we didn’t get that. I tried to see if she could attend a deaf school to give her a better change at communicating. If she had just some hearing loss it would have bennefited her by giving access to resources, and giving her access to the community.
    We all need to look at this situation from the perspective of eachother and see that oppression is occuring for both sides here. One is coming from the outside world against the syntax of ASL, and the other is coming from the education system not providing resources to the non hard of hearing special needs communicators. Let what is common bring us together, and not tear us apart. Let us understand the different barriers and needs for one another when choosing communication methods. Let’s create acceptance for all, and end the restrictive choices, and influences by others that are prohibitive of best meeting individual needs.
    I wish we had met just one person with your rationale along our journey of learning to communicate. Where we would be now could have been so much further along. What you are doing, and the perspective you hold is going to change the life of so many people. It is going to light the way in ways that so many “professionals” cannot, because they lack perspective, and limit approaches to their field. Don’t let any one burn that light out, because we don’t need this reality to be any darker than it is.

  2. Let me know if I should start a “Kids Korner”! I’ve been thinking about it. Signing “kid version” of songs to teach younger kids! LIKE THIS IF YOU’D LIKE THAT!

    1. Yes!! I want to learn to sign and I think that simplified versions of songs would be a good place to start. PS: could you do Young and Beautiful by Lana del Ray and also Roses and Violets by Alexander Jean? Thanks!!

  3. Thank you for posting this! It’s fascinating to learn a totally new language! I’ve been interested but never got a chance to learn sign language! But my 2 year old learned this from her preschool and I want to practice it with her! I’m so excited! Just to clarify, I use my right hand when you use your right hand (not mirror image)?

  4. This was great Anissa!  Thank you for posting. As a Hearing person who Signs myself, I know you are taking a risk to post these! The Deaf/ HOH community can be tough and quite critical about non-native speakers! I find it quite annoying at times because we are doing our best out in the community – teaching, educating, and being advocates for the Deaf/HOH! I am not a native speaker either, but I would change the diamond in the ASL version to a ball (o) shape on the hand instead of a “d”

  5. I am hearing so I’m not very qualified to make a comment but I think you have a really expressive face and body language on all of the videos I have watched and I like how you show the rhythm of the peice as well as the actual words.

  6. I think one of the major reasons for the negative comments here is that you claim the third portion of your video is ASL, when in fact it’s not. As others have pointed out, it’s much better to encourage and point people toward Deaf performances of songs rather than record them yourself in a language you’re unsure about and make other hearing people think it is representative of the language.

  7. Lol I just heard this song for the first time and the melody is exactly the melody from the German christmas song “Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann” (=Tomorrow comes (the) santa claus) lol?

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