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Last Minute Fall Fun for Your Family

We’re well into the fall season now. Our thoughts have been on apple picking, pumpkin patches, and hay rides. And there are so many ways to incorporate signing into this season!  Let’s look at some signs and activities for fall fun! Fall Weather First, we can talk about the weather. Fall brings different weather, and as the weather changes, you can use signs to describe it.  You can use this sign when the sun is shining, or use this one when the weather is getting cold.  If there is rain, or for some of us, snow, you can learn new …

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Child Passenger Safety Week: Tips for Parents

September 20-26 is National Child Passenger Safety Week.  It’s common practice in our society to use car seats and seat belts, and we tend to think it’s a pretty straightforward practice.  So why do we need to talk about or have an awareness week about child passenger safety? Unfortunately, many of us do not use our safety restraint systems properly.  There is a correct way to use a seatbelt, a car seat, or a booster seat.  Incorrect usage can be fatal in a car wreck.  The National Safety Council reports that a child under 13 years of age is involved …

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Learn to Sign the Alphabet With My Signing Time

You may be asking, “Why do my kids need to learn to sign the alphabet if they know plenty of other signs?” or “What is the point of learning to sign the alphabet?” That’s a fair question, and we have a few reasons to offer in response. First, when signing, we still use the names of people and places. There is no possible way to create a sign for each of these names, nor would it be possible to know them all.  So we spell them.  This is called “fingerspelling”, and it is used a lot in signing.   Fingerspelling is …

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How to Easily Learn ASL Grammar and Classifiers

Are you ready to learn how to use ASL grammar and classifiers?  If you want to take your ASL to the next level you must learn these essential skills. Now is the perfect time to try out our Sign It! program.  Sign It! is an American Sign Language course for tweens, teens, and adults. Grow your understanding of ASL Storytelling and Deaf culture while learning to properly use ASL grammar and classifiers in a fun format. The new site is fully functional for both mobile and desktop learning. It’s self-paced, taught by some amazing ASL experts, and is a LOT …

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How to Keep Little Ones Busy When You Have to Work

School is looming ahead for most of us, and for many of us it doesn’t look the same as it ever has.  The balance of working from home, leading virtual schooling or a new home school, and tending to younger children is a problem many of us have not faced on such a long-term basis before. How do we work from home, help our school aged kids with their virtual schooling, and tend to little ones who want our attention or want to be part of what’s going on?  This has typically been an issue for traditional home-schoolers, but with …

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What Do I Do When My Toddler Is Aggressive?

  It is part of normal development for toddlers and preschoolers to exhibit aggressive behavior. Just like all other aspects of development, there is a wide range when it comes to aggressive behavior. The aggression comes down to a child not being able to regulate their emotions during a particular situation. The aggression may occur because your child is tired or hungry. Others occur because your child has something unexpected happen and they don’t know how to manage their emotions in that situation. These are often referred to as triggers. Evaluating your child before and during the tantrum will help you …

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Is My Child Ready for Potty Training?

Potty training is a huge milestone! Not only does it mean the eventual end to diapers and pull-ups, it means your little baby is taking some figurative steps towards being “so big!”   How do you know when your child is ready for potty training? It is about timing, not about age. Potty training is about physical, developmental and behavioral milestones. Children may be ready as early as 18 months and as late as 4 years. Typically it can takes longer for naps and nighttime training, most children can stay dry at night between ages 5 and 7. If you start too …

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5 Simple Tips for Using Signs With Children With Special Needs

Jill G. Eversmann, MS, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist Signing Time Academy Instructor When working with toddlers and young children who are pre-verbal, minimally verbal, nonverbal, or whose speech is not intelligible, signs are often introduced to encourage speech and language skills and foster communication. One of the keys for success when using signs with children with special needs (if you are the professional introducing signs to children), is to make sure that the parents and caregivers learn the signs as well. Use Signs that are Part of a True Language – American Sign Language (ASL) Signs While using single signs is …

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Why we made SignIt ASL

Saved from Launch Email Draft – Use later if needed. Dear SignIt Supporter, When I learned that my 18-month-old daughter was deaf, I didn’t know American Sign Language. But I quickly got my hands on everything I could find so we could start teaching Leah her primary language. The materials that were available then were, well, less than adequate. We ended up hiring a tutor. When Leah was young, we focused our energy on creating Signing Time so her cousins and friends could communicate with her. I truly believed that someone would fill the gap and create high-quality, affordable materials …

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