How to sign autism in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your non-dominant hand against your chest in a "C" handshape. Place your dominant hand in front of you with your palm oriented toward yourself. Move your dominant hand to your non-dominant hand, bringing the fingertips of your dominant hand together and then placing the fingertips of your dominant hand inside the gap between your thumb and other fingers on your non-dominant hand.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for autism
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.
Dominant Handshape for autism
Keep your index, middle, ring, and pink fingers together and straight, bend them all at the knuckle at a 90-degree angle, and reach your thumb to the bottom of the fingertips of your index and middle fingers.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for autism
Curve all of your fingers to form the shape of the letter 'C'.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Begin with the fingertips of both hands touching your temples. Then bring your hands down and rotate your wrist in so that your fingertips are touching the center of your chest.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for autism
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.
Dominant Handshape for autism
Extend your thumb outwards at a 90-degree angle, bend the other fingers at the knuckles, keeping them at a 90-degree angle to the palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for autism
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.
Non-Dominant Handshape for autism
Extend your thumb outwards at a 90-degree angle, bend the other fingers at the knuckles, keeping them at a 90-degree angle to the palm.

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