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Signing Time Academy Instructor Making a Difference in the World

Kimberly Churchill, owner of Lil Signing Hands in St. Philips, NL Canada, & Signing Time Academy Instructor, is making a difference in her community and in the world. Kimberly’s son, Carter, who at 3 months of age, was diagnosed as profoundly deaf. She immersed herself to learn everything she could about Deaf culture and community, including learning American Sign Language (ASL). She chose to learn with Baby Signing Time, then transitioned into Signing Time and TreeSchoolers to broaden communication with her son. She continued her ASL education locally through the Newfoundland and Labrador Association for the Deaf. Carter also has …

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5 Mistakes You’re Making When Signing With Your Baby

By Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C. The decision to sign with your baby is a smart one. In fact, research has shown that signing with children from infancy to right through the time speech develops – and beyond- can contribute to improvements in IQ and language development in amazing ways. But is there a right and wrong way to get started? Here are five common pitfalls families face when signing with Baby. 1. Listening to the nay-sayers: I hear it all the time, “My mother-in-law says she’ll never speak if I sign!” or “My son’s daycare provider says signing delays language! …

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Learn Color Signs plus Free Coloring eBooks

It’s Back-to-School and the perfect time to learn your colors. (Perfect savings, too!) Why not learn the colors of the rainbow – and put them to practice with our free coloring ebooks? Join in with the kids for a fun after-school activity. Learn ASL signs for colors This song from Box of Crayons is a fun way to help your child learn American Sign Language signs for all the colors of the rainbow – and then some! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkiMTuyMjko?rel=0&showinfo=0] Practice the Signs Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Pink Purple White Black Brown Silver Gold Get the Video at a special price – just for you. Click here …

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Proven Benefits of Using Sign Language With Your Kids

By Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C. Baby sign language has lots of benefits and many people are on board with signing with babies. But what about using sign language for kids who have developed some spoken language? Should you still sign? While there may naturally be a (sometimes temporary) downturn in using sign after spoken language emerges, we say stick with it! The benefits are vast. In fact, we have 60 great reasons to keep signing compiled for you here. A big shout out and thanks to our amazing Signing Time Facebook communities for helping with this list! You should still sign …

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5 Myths Busted About Signing With Your Child

There are some common misconceptions about signing with your child.  We’re going to bust those myths so you can make an educated decision and get started! Myth 1 – There’s a perfect time to start (and we might have missed it):  Parents always ask us if it is too soon or too early to sign with their child. The truth is, American Sign Language (ASL) can be started at any time, just like any other second language. Anytime is a good time to begin signing! Myth 2- There is a perfect way to start signing: The truth is, just like with …

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month – About Speech

Submitted by Karen Prewitt, Mom/Advocate  From the National Down Syndrome Society: “There are a wide range of abilities that children with Down syndrome demonstrate when using speech. Speech intelligibility (speech that can be easily understood) is one of the most difficult areas for people with Down syndrome at all ages. Many children have difficulty with the strength, timing, and coordination of muscle movements for speech.” There are so many factors that enter into the picture for speech. It is something most of our folks have issues with, including Caleb. After he (finally) started walking (age 3), our main therapy focus turned to speech. We …

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American Sign Language – Celebrating 200 Years

According to The National Center for Health Statistics there are approximately 50 million Americans that have some degree of hearing loss. About 2 million are classified as deaf. Approximately 10% of those classified as deaf were born deaf, the other 90% lost their hearing later in life. American Sign Language is the 3rd most used language in the United States. It is estimated that 500,000 deaf people are in the US and Canada. American Sign Language is increasing in popularity, spreading to other countries, such as Japan and China, where is it being used for not only early communication, but as a bridge in learning English. Several organizations …

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Welcome to a World of Communication through Baby Sign Language

We’re thrilled to provide so many free resources that will help you incorporate sign language in your daily life. Thank you for signing with us!   White Paper: Signing with Babies and Children A comprehensive summary of the academic research on the impact of signing on cognitive, linguistic and social-emotional development  Written by Dr. Claire Vallotton Michigan State University Commissioned by Two Little Hands Productions   Download Signing with Babies and Children Now Free Resources Baby Sign Time Parent Guide Download a Signing Checklist so you can track your baby’s progress. Baby Signing Time Progress Chart  Signing Promotes Reading Elizabeth Barrett …

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Signing Time Academy Instructors are Teaching Girls Scouts How to Sign

After seeing the following video and post last week we reached out to theGirl Scouts of the USA to ask permission to share it with you. We wanted to share what some of the Signing Time Academy Instructors are doing to teach Girls Scouts how to sign. While selling Girl Scout Cookies with her dad, 9-year-old Phoenyx ran into a cookie customer who was deaf. Writing on a slip of paper, the customer asked Phoenyx to return later, when someone else would be home. This one incident inspired this go-getting Girl Scout to learn ASL—not only to communicate with cookie customers …

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