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March 20, 1998

SUBJECT: SignWriting Literacy

From: "Karlin, Ben" <>
To: SignWriting <>
Subject: SignWriting Literacy
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 15:20:00 -0600

Hello Valerie and all!

I like the flashcards idea and the ABC vocabulary ideas that came out of the recent exchanges here (or was that on TERPS-L? SIGNLL? They all run together in my inbox). There is a big push to help out one of the clients here with literacy and I think it may be the motivation for me to get to work at introducing signwriting and english vocabulary as bridges from signs to print. Will see how that works out.

There is a second client here who writes English notes extensively but the writing is highly disorganized. The treatment team is in frequent discussion over whether the content of the writing is disorganized as a result of active schizophrenia or of English incompetency and SignWriting may be the key to resolving that discussion. I know that Alice Thacker weighed in on the use of SW writing transcribing deaf schizophrenic word salad, I am curious if anyone has looked into deaf schizophrenics providing clues to mental language processes through SW themselves.



Ben Karlin

St Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center
H007B, 5300 W Arsenal St, St Louis, MO 63139-1494
314 644-8270 V/TTY 314 644-8115 FAX


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