A standardized comprehensive checklist used to assist in tracking young children's sign language development from birth to age 5.

What is the purpose of the VCSL?

  • The VCSL documents the developmental milestones of children from birth to age 5 who are visual learners and are acquiring sign language regardless of level of hearing. It is presented in a user-friendly format that is accessible to parents and teachers, as well as specialists and experts.

  • It monitors the child's developmental progress.

  • If the child has developmental delays as indicated by the VCSL, the gaps in learning that are identified can be used to help plan intervention programs.

  • Learning goals can be set.

  • Appropriate teaching and learning materials can be developed.

  • Learning goals can be set.

  • Appropriate teaching and learning materials can be developed.

What materials are needed to administer the VCSL?

  • VCSL is an observational tool used to document language in natural environments.

  • No specialized materials or prompts are required to use the VCSL.

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