Talking about Asthma

This is an opportunity for you to practice talking in ASL about Asthma.

Steps to the Process

  1. View the diagrams and read the information in English
  2. Video yourself explaining the information in ASL
  3. View ASL resources about information
  4. Re-do your explanation in ASL incorporating new ideas.

1: English Information and Diagrams about Asthma


Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways. Your airways are tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. If you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways become sore and swollen. That makes them very sensitive, and they may react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating. When your airways react, they get narrower and your lungs get less air. This can cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and trouble breathing, especially early in the morning or at night.

When your asthma symptoms become worse than usual, it's called an asthma attack. In a severe asthma attack, the airways can close so much that your vital organs do not get enough oxygen. People can die from severe asthma attacks.

Asthma is treated with two kinds of medicines: quick-relief medicines to stop asthma symptoms and long-term control medicines to prevent symptoms.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Asthmatic response

Video on Asthma from National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

For more info, click here.

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2: Create your own explanation in ASL

Use the above information (or more sites from the links on the web) to create an explanation of asthma.  You can also include treatment information if you would like.

You can either create your video as if you are talking to an imagined target audience, or you can create an English explanation and create an interpretation of that.

Post in Discussion ForumPost your reflection in the Discussion Forum on Asthma under the questions under Working with Object: First Attempt

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3: View ASL resources related to the topic

View videos on

This site has the following relevant videos:


  • What is it?
  • How is it Diagnosed & Treated?
  • Care & Prevention

Sample from Nigel

Sample from Doug

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4: Re-do your video of your ASL explanation

After having viewed the ASL videos, re-do your own explanation in ASL. Try to incorporate some of the new ideas that you saw.

Post in Discussion ForumPost your reflection in the Discussion Forum on Asthma under the questions under Working with Self:  Second Attempt

Use these reflections to help focus your viewing of the resources in the next section.

Last modified: Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 10:51 AM