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Marilyn Daniels

Marilyn Daniels
Dr. Marilyn Daniels is Associate Professor of Speech Communication at Penn State's Worthington Scranton Campus. She earned her undergraduate and Masters degree in Communications from William Paterson College of New Jersey. Dr. Daniels got her Ph.D. in Communications from New York University studying Business and Organizational Communications; Dance and Communication; Nonverbal Communication.

Dr. Daniels has been recognized as one of the most prolific researchers in the field of sign language and non-verbal communication. For over two decades Dr. Daniels has been teaching college and producing visionary research. Her commitment to her study is unwavering, dedicating countless hours to helping children, parents and educators understand and master the power of American Sign Language.

Traveling across the United States to conduct research studies and present her findings, she continues to painstakingly mold an effective argument for enabling children with normal hearing to become full participants in language and communication with their family and peers at younger ages through the use of sign language.

Author of three books, Dr. Daniels' research has also been featured in publications such as Business Week, Family Circle, Journal of Research in Childhood Education and Sign Language Studies.

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Benedictine Roots in the Development of Deaf Education
Marilyn Daniels
Examining the educational instruction of the deaf individual from its Benedictine beginnings to its present condition at Gallaudet University, this book traces the historical pedagogical affinity among Pedro Ponce de Leon, Juan Pablo Bonet, Charles Michael de l'Epee, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Edward Miner Gallaudet. The author provides the historical and philosophical basis for Jewish and Christian beliefs concerning the condition of deafness and then introduces Ponce de Leon, credited as being the first teacher of the deaf. The essence of this Spanish Benedictine monk's methods and manner of teaching have been continued by those who succeeded him. The author traces this development from Spain through France and then to the United States.

Dancing with Words: Signing for Hearing Children's Literacy
Marilyn Daniels
One of the foremost authorities on the use of sign language with hearing children provides a guide for teachers and parents who want to introduce signing in hearing children's language development. Marilyn Daniels provides a complete explanation for its use, a short history of sign language and its primary role within the Deaf community, an identification of the steps to reading success delineated with suggestions for incorporating sign language, and finally the results of studies and reactions of children, teachers, and parents. She shows how sign language can be used to improve hearing children's English vocabulary, reading ability, spelling proficiency, self-esteem, and comfort with expressing emotions. Signing also facilitates communication, aids teachers with classroom management, and has been shown to promote a more comfortable learning environment while initiating an interest and enthusiasm for learning on the part of students.

Sign language is shown to be an effective agent to accelerate literacy in hearing children from babyhood through sixth grade. A comprehensive exploration of the physiological rationale for the educational advantage sign carries is presented. Overlapping integrated brain activities are incited by movement, vision, meaning, memory, play and the hand itself when sign language is used. Recent findings clearly indicate this bilingual approach with hearing children activates brain growth and development.

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