First Bite #90 – March 02, 2020

The Intersection of American Sign Language and Early Intervention

(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by the accomplished lecturer Jill Eversmann, MS CCC-SLP, Academic and Clinical Faculty of Columbia College, and ex-instructor w/ ASDF. In this hour they challenge all the preconceived notions about incorporating American Sign Language into Early Intervention….in short, they will teach you how “talking with your hands” is an excellent strategy to increase acquisition of functional communication, the differences between Baby Sign and American Sign Language, and the best resources and references behind the beautiful intersection that is ASL and EI. Be sure to stretch before this hour, because it will have you moving!


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • Who is an appropriate pediatric patient for using American Sign Language with during a ST session.
  • Differences between Baby Sign and American Sign Language.
  • Three resources that provide the EBP behind incorporating American Sign Language in Early Intervention ST sessions.


Jill Eversmann, MS CCC-SLP

Jill Eversmann is a Clinical Instructor in the Speech-Language Pathology program at Columbia College. She has over 30 years of experience as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, in schools in MD, VA, NC, SC and HI as well as in the Early Intervention program in SC. Jill completed her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at James Madison University (VA) and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Towson University (MD). She owns SPEECH SIGNS, LLC and presents locally and nationally on her primary areas of interest: using sign language with children with special needs and success in early intervention.