Sign Language specialist Rachel Coleman who hosts the PBS series Signing Time! says one reason for the new trend is that every kid wants a secret language.
She says kids are using ASL to sneak messages across the classroom and to gossip about people around them without being caught.
Sign Language has been taught to babies for a few years now. In fact, Coleman is the woman who trained Robert De Niros kids in Meet The Fockers.
Now, the kids that learned Sign Language as infants are growing up and using it with friends because, as Coleman points out, its easier than inventing a new language and everybody knows Pig Latin by now.
Sign Language is catching on with kids who can hear but its not just a one-sided exchange.
Coleman says Sign Language is very adaptive to slang and says putting an L on the forehead to represent a loser is now in the ASL dictionary, as is the Whatever hand gesture from the 1995 movie, Clueless.
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