Course curriculum

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    Course content

    • PowerPoint slides

    • American Sign Language Linguistics for Speech-Language Pathologists

    • Quiz

    • Evaluation

    • Continuing Education Credits

Course Info

Course Description: This course is for speech-language pathologists and other professionals who work with children who are D/HH in ASL. It will address the linguistics of ASL, as well as how to recognize typical and atypical production errors and how to support metalinguistic awareness of ASL in D/HH children.  


30 minutes: Morphology in ASL 

30 minutes: Phonology in ASL

15 minutes: Syntactic structures in ASL

15 minutes: Atypical acquisition

Learner Outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to define and recognize three primary domains of language
  2. Participants will be able to recognize age-appropriate sign production errors
  3. Participants will be able to implement classroom activities to encourage metalinguistic awareness for the three primary domains of language


Leah Geer

Dr. Leah Geer is a professor of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies at California State University, Sacramento. She received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master's in Linguistics from Gallaudet University. Her current interests are in adult acquisition of phonetics and phonology in ASL.

Speaker disclosures

Financial disclosure: Dr. Geer is an employee of California State University Sacramento. She is receiving royalties for this course.

Nonfinancial disclosure: No non-financial relationships exist. 

Continuing Education

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs.