The Signing Exact English (S.E.E.) Center for the Advancement of Deaf Children was
established in 1984 as a nonprofit organization to work with parents and educators
of hearing impaired children.
The goals of the S.E.E. Center are:
To encourage early identification and intervention
To promote development of improved English skills
To aid in the understanding of the principles of S.E.E. and its use
To provide information to parents on deafness and related topics
To foster the positive development of self concept in the deaf/hh child by promoting
the interaction of the child and family with both the deaf and hearing communities
What is Signing Exact English?
Signing Exact English is a sign language system that represents literal English.
To make visible everything that is not heard, S.E.E. supplements what a child can
get from hearing and speechreading. Since American Sign Language (ASL) has different
vocabulary, idioms and syntax from English, SEE modifies and supplements the vocabulary
of ASL so children can see clearly what is said in English. This system was
first made available in 1972.
An article has been recently published about "The Importance of Morphemic Awareness
to Reading Achievement and the Potential of Signing Morphemes to Supporting Reading
Development" . It was published by Oxford University Press in January 2011.
Not really! Families who begin learning when their child is a baby can learn basic
vocabulary and English sentences. Their vocabulary grows as the child grows. It
is always beneficial when there are sign classes they can attend and other people
to practice with. However, DVDs are available for families who are not able to attend
classes. It is like learning any other new physical skill-- typing, or driving,
etc.-- if you want to learn and are willing to practice, the skill will develop.