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American Sign Language: "I-Pad"


In a message dated 9/25/2012 8:38:20 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, a speech pathologist writes:

Hello Dr. Bill,
I am a Speech Language Pathologist working in a school setting. I was wondering if there was a sign for the word “Ipad”. I tried searching for it but was unsuccessful.
Thanks,
- Kathy _____, M.S., CCC/SLP


Kathy,
There is no widely accepted sign for I-pad (yet).
Most people just spell it.
My younger daughter, (who due to lack of joints in her fingers doesn't spell) uses a sign that mimes the use of the ipad.
Another approach is to use "L" hands to show the sides and bottom of an I-Pad -- but that isn't a sign for I-pad, (and shouldn't be used as such) it is just a description of an I-Pad, used for statements such as, "My I-pad was there on the table." Before using a depictive verb (such as "L" hands showing what and I-pad looks like) you generally still need to first identify the noun (the I-Pad).
-- Dr. Bill
 



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