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Signing Time – For Business View, with Brek Bolton, Fox 13 News Utah

[youtube] Transcript Brek Bolton: Sometimes life’s obstacles can lead to opportunities. Meet Rachel and Leah Coleman. Their lives obstacles. Rachel Coleman: My oldest daughter, Leah, was born profoundly deaf. Brek Bolton: Communication became the challenge and a new language had to be learned. Rachel Coleman: My husband, Aaron, and I started using American Sign Language with her and just saw her communication skills take off. Brek Bolton: American Sign Language opened up Leah’s world but Rachel realized she needed to open that world to other kids. Rachel Coleman: He says I don’t want to be with Leah because she can’t talk. Brek Bolton: On the soccer …

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Priceless Rewards: Beating the Odds with Signing Time

“What could have been a stumbling block became one more chance for Erin to Shine.” Baby Signing Time Kickstarter Backer Diane C. shares her story about the powerful life-long rewards of signing with her daughter, Erin.   “I just have to share how Signing Time continues to touch our lives every day. My daughter has been a life-long member of the Signing Time family. When she had a speech delay because of Down syndrome, Signing Time gave her an age appropriate vocabulary. As her speech ability became stronger, she stopped signing, until she began using longer sentences. Then she used her signs …

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Supporting Down Syndrome Awareness Month

The Signing Time Foundation is proud to be a long-standing supporter of children with Down syndrome and their families.  Signing Time Co-founder Rachel Coleman can often be found at the National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walks around the country. We’ve been working hard to build a great database of resources for you to use when signing with children who have Down syndrome. You can also see children with Down syndrome demonstrating signs in our shows. We have seen the benefits of using American Sign Language to assist with communication for children who have Down syndrome. These children sometimes find it difficult to express themselves verbally. …

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Why I Became an Instructor

I became a Signing Time instructor in August because of my experiences as a nanny.  I take care of a 16-month old. I began working with her 15 hours a week in September. At that time she would only say “cat,” and point to items she wanted. I started putting on Baby Signing Time DVDs on in her playroom. Occasionally she would look up and watch, but I didn’t think she was paying attention. I was wrong! When she was in her highchair one day, I brought out some crackers. She looked over and not only said “cracker ,” she …

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Instructor-to-Instructor: 5 Lessons Learned from the Buddy Walk

By Advanced Signing Time Instructor Megan McWilliams 1. Rachel STILL gives me goose bumps. I didn’t even have to SEE Rachel before I starting getting goose bumps! I heard her sing the first note during her sound check and was excited to know that she had arrived!! 2. Holding inventory can be beneficial when the Signing Time Foundation calls you! AND keeping your Instructor Profile up-to-date is crucial. Rachel told me that she searched a 200-mile radius from Sioux Falls trying to find an Instructor willing to sell product at the Sioux Falls, SD Buddy Walk. She then stated that when she …

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Check Out Associate Director Abbey Cook’s Media Feature

Published by on Feb. 28, 2012 Sign language story time at Eli’s Abbey Cook, with Communication Junction, teaches children sign language through stories and songs at 10 a.m. the last Monday of the month. Eli’s owner Katie VandenBerg asks for a $1 donation for children 6 months and older. Cook has been teaching the class for about six months. View Photos Now

BST Instructor Karen Gutrath Reflects on Her First Year

Annual Report 2011 – My First Year in Review by Karen Gutrath, BST Instructor Before I can review my first year, I have to start at the beginning. I started learning sign language with my daughter, Kailyn, in 2006. Kailyn was born prematurely and I was an anxious first time parent. Several people in my family had speech delays when they were young, so I started to search for things that I could do to help Kailyn with her communication skills. My Pilates Instructor, Blanka, suggested renting the Signing Time videos from the local library. Kailyn and I fell in …

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BST Instructor Kelly Konieczeki was featured in Grosse Pointe Times (MI)

GROSSE POINTE PARK – According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, parents can deeply influence the wiring of their young child’s brain through physical interaction. The MDCH says repetitive, positive actions such as singing, touching, talking and reading are vital expressions that positively affect the way a toddler’s brain develops. Grosse Pointe Park resident Kelly Konieczki has put her own twist on this concept – she chose sign language. Konieczki began teaching her daughter Matilda to sign when she was just 7 months old. “It was very overwhelming and hard to know where to begin,” she said. Konieczki’s process …

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Signing Time Academy Instructors Get Recognized

As the Signing Time Academy continues to grow, we are excited to see more Instructors receive recognition for their efforts to enrich the lives of children and families. Take some time to review what they have accomplished.   Joyce Edmiston, Master Signing Time Instructor, was interviewed by Leslie Amoros for the Central Penn Parent Magazine.   Monica Blouin, Advanced Signing Time Instructor, and her family were featured in the Family Times Special Needs Guide. Her daughter Madeleine is on the cover.     Athena Schepmoes, Master Signing Time Instructor and our newest Associate Director for the northwest region was featured …

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Signing Time was Olivia’s Motivation

We received this inspiring letter from a mom recently and had to share it with you! Olivia has a rare genetic disorder, partial trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) & partial trisomy 10. Through a series of medical misdiagnoses when she was a tiny baby, she ended up dependent on a feeding tube. Until early this year when we attended a feeding clinic in Baltimore, she had not taken any nutrition by mouth since she was 3 months old! After surgery in June 2005 for reflux (Nissen fundoplication) and g-tube placement, she stopped eating. After exhausting every therapy available in Denver and …

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