Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders


Bowers, Lisa

Committee Member/Reader

Frazier, Kim

Committee Member/Second Reader

Guenther, Nicole


The purpose of this study is to determine the degree to which early childhood professionals from various occupations perceive early childhood language development to be impacted by Sign Language. Early childhood specialists, including teachers, and, speech-language pathologists were asked to participate in this study. Of those asked to participate 79 responses were collected. An electronic questionnaire that included demographic information as well as questions about the contribution of sign language to language development was constructed from the literature. A questionnaire was electronically distributed using Survey Monkey. Findings showed that these early childhood specialist agreed sign language can be beneficial to language development in children.