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fin·ger spel·ling

(fing'gĕr spel'ing),
A means of communication, by spelling, with a person with profound hearing impairment in which the letters of the alphabet are represented by positions or movements of the fingers.

finger spelling

A method of communication used by persons with hearing or visual impairment in which words are spelled out letter by letter rather than depicted with single signs as in American Sign Language. Finger spelling can be done visually as well as tactually.
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Netherton Nursery manager Louise McLean is so pleased with the results of baby signing that she's planning a series of workshops to allow her nursery staff to develop their signing skills and move on to finger spelling.
* realize finger spelling is basic to all sign language.
* American Sign Language (ASL) * Signed English * Finger spelling * Note writing * Speech and lipreading, Tadoma for deaf-blind * Cued speech * Gestures, home signs, mime * Taction (touch) and kinesthesis (body movement) * Interpreters (sign language or oral) * Computer assisted notetaking (CAN) * Real time captioning * Communication access systems: devices used to enhance listening in rooms, lecture halls, and other large group facilities - e.g., audio loop systems, AM systems, FM systems, infrared systems, personal listening devices, etc.
Deaf children were found to acquire early prereading concepts by using finger spelling and manual signs in a systematic fashion (Andrews, 1983; Andrews & Mason, 1986a, 1986b).
The four prereading skills selected for this training, finger spelling, book reading, story retelling and word recognition, are considered important for beginning reading (Mason, 1980; McCormick & Mason, 1981).
Through methods such as sign language and finger spelling, they participate in schools, the workplace, and society generally.
Sixteen sixth formers completed a 15-week BSL course learning lip reading, finger spelling, mime and gesture for common phrases.
Isabel told members to be aware of the needs of the deaf community and taught them finger spelling which can be used if there isn't a sign for a particular word.
Simultaneous communication describes the combination of ASL components (most particularly the signs for specific concepts) with finger spelling, the well-defined enunciation of words on the lips (to facilitate speechreading), speech, facial expression, and gestures.
However, even the use of finger spelling (that is, the manual alphabet, which is simple and easy to learn) can make a tremendous positive difference in communicating basic information to a deaf person.
People who are deaf-blind also differ on their degree of vision and hearing loss, age of onset, which disability occurred first, language development (from no language to sign language or English competence), and communications mode (braille, finger spelling, sign, speech, and print).
Supervisor Jackie spent 26 weeks learning finger spelling and the basics of BSL at Merseyside Society for Deaf People.