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Introduction [Apr. 8th, 2005|10:58 pm]
PDD Signing


I'm rainbow. I have Asperger's Syndrome and I'm currently learning ASL.

One thing I find very difficult about ASL is the fact that it requires you to look at people. You have to look at someone when you're signing to them, and you have to look at them in order to read their signing to you. And you have to rely on facial expressions as well. I'm completely at a loss when it comes to facial expression. During our last class my sign teacher made faces at us and asked us to guess what she was feeling from her facial expression. To me all her expressions looked the same.

How do other AS/HFA people deal with this? What do you do about facial expression?

[User Picture]From: griffen
2005-04-09 09:15 am (UTC)
I actually find ASL facial expressions easier to deal with because they are somewhat codified, where 'regular' facial expressions are not. They're also fairly simple.

But my ASL teacher still gets on me about them - more because I have trouble *making* them appropriately.

And yeah, looking at people's eyes really hurts after a while.
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[User Picture]From: solar_angel
2005-04-09 06:25 pm (UTC)
I can't speak to how AS folks deal with it, but it's really easy for HFA... just take the facial expression, compare it to the "Codified Facial Expressions Picture Book" that resides somewhere in your mind (you still have to learn it, but that's not hard - just have someone show you each facial expression and say what it means, then take a mental picture of each one), and read off the attached value.

Being a visual thinker means even when you can't decode faces, you can still compare them to a long list of prerecorded facial patterns.
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[User Picture]From: rainbow_goddess
2005-04-09 07:57 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I don't think in pictures. I think in words.
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[User Picture]From: sarahemm
2005-04-13 11:25 am (UTC)
i just had to post a quick 'me too!'! ASL expressions seem easier because they're somewhat 'standard' and codified, and because i tend to think in pictures anyway...
welcome to the community! it's small and quietish now, but hopefully we can fix that :o)
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