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Generalizing a behavior

Hi All,

I miss posting here more often. Working nearly full time and carrying 13 units as a graduate student has been a HUGE undertaking this semester. I'm exhausted!

BUT - I happened to spit out a short blog post today about how my experience learning American Sign Language is similar to a dog's experience of learning a new behavior. I thought maybe some people might find it interesting - or that it might help clarify how even simple things like "sit" are more challenging for the dogs when we change up other details - like where we're standing, working in a new environment, etc.

Anyway, here's the post if you'd like to check it out. Feel free to share with others.

Caninestein Dog Training: Why learning American Sign Language is like being a dog.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-19-2012, 12:23 AM
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Thanks Stephanie for sharing. Love your blog.


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I found this very interesting. I will pass this to my sons girlfriend. She takes a sign language class in college. Her teacher is actually deaf. I bet she can relate to the points you have made.
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I found this very interesting. I will pass this to my sons girlfriend. She takes a sign language class in college. Her teacher is actually deaf. I bet she can relate to the points you have made.
I'd love to know what the girlfriend thinks of the class. My instructor is deaf too. It definitely forces you to concentrate on learning the language, but it also made for a few frustrating moments, too!

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Hi Stephanie,
I haven't seen a post from you in so long, I'm so glad to see that it's just because you're so busy. I hope things are going well and you'll be back here a bit more often in the future.

Thank you for the article, I'll check it out tomorrow when I"m not so tired
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My brother in law is deaf, so I took a short ASL class this summer. It was fun but as you say, could be frustrating. There's an app for Kindle that cost about $4 I think, where a person actually does the sign for about 400 different words. I'll look up the exact title if anyone wants it.
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