RFID Toys Help Deaf Children Learn Sign Language

rfid sign languageProject LAMBERT, or Language Acquisition Manipulatives Blending Early-childhood Research and Technology, has been implemented in certain schools in Louisiana and Texas in order to help pre-school age deaf children learn American Sign Language. The system was designed by researchers at Southeastern University and basically involves placing RFID tags on toys.

The toys are equipped with passive 125 kHz RFID tags that can be easily read by the RFID interrogator. Once the toy is read, it triggers an action for a video on the computer screen to play, showing a person demonstrating the toy’s sign, in addition to other pictures of the object so that the child can become familiar with different versions of it.

By combining real objects with RFID technology, the children are more engaged. The LAMBERT system comes as a kit with a laptop or desktop PC, a small RFID reader that can easily be plugged into the computer’s USB port, ad objects with RFID tags attached to them. There are 25 tagged objects in the kit total, ranging from toy airplanes, to balls, and even household items.

Best of all, the system can also help hearing parents of deaf children to learn sign language as well, making the LAMBERT system an engaging and fun way to learn sign language for both parents and children alike.