I have taken a class about American Sign Language (ASL). I use ASL to communicate with my family and friends who also know some signs when I am feeling overwhelmed in social situations.

For me, talking in busy social situations creates varying levels of anxiety. Signing is a lot easier for me because I do not have to worry about how loud/quiet my voice is or being misunderstood because of my inability to properly voice my feelings/needs/thoughts.

Do any of you know any sign language, American or other? Do any of you have similar problems with talking in public settings? Respond in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “How I Use ASL to Cope

  1. No I can’t speak sign language, although I think it would be interesting to be able to.
    I’m often not self-aware enough in the moment, to think about my voice volume or what I say. But afterwards I do think about it over and over and over again. Asking people (usually my husband) how I did, if anything I said was silly, if I wasn’t too loud, etc etc.

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