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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YOU are Invited: Rachel’s Concert at Joey+Rory’s Barn

Shh! It’s a Surprise Yesterday, country music star Rory Feek (of Joey+Rory) announced that he has a very special surprise for his daughter, Indy, this Saturday. She is going to meet her hero, Rachel Coleman! Indy is a a huge fan of Signing Time, as you can see in this video 🙂 Video courtesy of Hickory Films Indy+Friends Concert On Saturday (11/12), Rachel is treating Indy and her friends to a very special Signing Time concert in Joey+Rory’s Farmhouse Concert Hall at their home in Tennessee. “I can’t wait to see the look on my daughter, Indy’s face. My wife’s idol was Dolly Parton… …

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Wyatt’s crazy progress thanks to ASL signs

Originally posted on fromNICUtoLife by Nicole Ott Signing Time Academy Instructor Never in my wildest dreams would I have believed anyone that Wyatt could be where he’s at now simply by introducing him to some basic ASL signs. Here was a kid who was completely non-verbal and had meltdowns every single day, multiple times a day. He was the kid who had a meltdown simply for being in the same room as a therapist. No medical professional knew how to help us. There was no silver lining. We had essentially given up hope that his behavior would ever change. Communication and behavior progress …

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A Window into His Mind

by Megan McWilliams, Master Signing Time Instructor While on a walk, my 16 month son took interest in an electrical box surrounded by a decorative fence. We were only one house from home, so I was anxious to keep moving. He pointed to and babbled about the box for a while. Since I was unable to convince him to continue walking, I  signed and told him “ELECTRICITY BOX DON’T TOUCH” knowing he had never seen the signs for electricity or box before. He replied by signing back “BED.” The window into his mind was opened up to me through that one …

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Teaching Hearing Children to Communicate With Sign Language

Master Signing Time Academy Instructor Kim Fries, who is also a Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist teaches a weekly Story Time at Rolling Hills Moravian Mothers Morning Out in Longwood, FL. This week WOFL FOX 35 News Orlando featured Kim’s program in a piece titled Sign language helping hearing kids communicate better (view below). In the feature they referenced the White Paper: Signing with Babies and Children Written by Dr. Claire Vallotton  from Michigan State University that was commissioned by Two Little Hands Productions.   The White Paper gives an overview of research findings on the impacts of signing on development and …

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Testimonial Tuesday – I have been inspired by you in so many ways.

Dear Rachel, I have been inspired by you in so many ways.  I have sung your praises to at least a hundred people so it is time I shared my story with you.  We began our Signing Time exposure about two years ago.  My daughter, Darby is now five and her brother Jameson is two years old.  Not only do I love the videos for the amazing music and signs, but because of the wonderful lessons like setting the table and colors of the rainbow.  My daughter has not yet started kindergarten but is already a great reader and I …

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Look at these smiles!

We received this post on our Facebook page the other day. Too cute not to share! My 17 month old daughter just woke up in the middle of the night and kept saying “iPod Signing Time” over and over! We recently bought the digital copies of Baby Signing Time when they were on sale and my daughter has been beyond thrilled to watch her favorite show on “her” own device. This is a pic of both of my kids enjoying their mobile Baby Signing Time.  – Faith W.      

An Unexpected Journey

By Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C.   Life has a way of coming at you fast, doesn’t it? One minute you’re planning a future in a certain way, and in the next you find a completely different path before you. And sometimes there are no U-turns or do-overs. You just have to keep moving forward, finding the sunshine on a new journey.   Such was the case for Mary Ann Christo and her husband, Eric Waksmunski. Pregnant with twins, the couple looked forward to expanding their family – times two.  But when Shane and Wyatt were born early in critical condition, …

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Arianna’s Signing Story

Dear Signing Time Team, I wanted to take a moment to thank you and share the success we have had from using your DVD series. Growing up I was always fascinated by sign language and bought my first ASL dictionary when I was seven years old.  I demanded my mom help me learn this “secret hand language.”  I had never met a deaf person before and wouldn’t meet one or see sign language in action until college.  We learned a few signs that stuck, but I lost a lot of what I learned from lack of practice. When I moved …

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Spelling and Signing: How ASL helped our kids with homework

Spelling Words at our House Our first experience with using the manual alphabet with spelling was when our oldest daughter was in second grade. Her teacher was fluent in ASL and he would use signs in the classroom to enrich his teaching. Each week he would have the students practice their spelling words by using the manual alphabet to decode each one (try it now). Then they would finger spell each word. This was one of our daughter’s favorite homework assignments! When we discovered that our second daughter had a speech problem, we included the use of ASL in her …

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