I am deaf and I am an aunt of 5 kids, but because I wanted to be able to communicate with my nieces and nephews, all who are hearing. Fortunately I get to spend more time with them when I baby-sit on weekly basis and guess what? Beside teaching them sign language, I bought a set of Signing Time and they all loved it!!! They would scream in joy when they see me pop one in the DVD player. It was more fun and educational way to teach kids sign language, rather than to just sit and show them signs because that can get bored fast. So in the near future, I hope to add another set to my collection. :)
Hi Rachel, Emilie, Leah, Alex and Hopkins! Thank you for signing time. My daughter Alyssa has had a hard time learning to talk. She is 2 years old. We are still in the process of getting speech therapy set up, but we would have no way of communicating with her if it were not for signing time. She talks in vowel sounds. We checked out a dvd from the library and after seeing it once she tried saying the words. We have since bought several signing time dvd's and although we cannot understand very much of what she says, she knows how to do the signs. Her vocabulary has increased and she has gone from speaking only 4 words to speaking 10+ and attempting many others. This has eased a lot of frustration for all of us. She loves signing time and is always asking to watch it by pointing to her wrist (time). We have four other children who also love watching it (including our 6 month old.) The hardest part is that I have to remember the signs:) Thank you for all you do. -The Baker Family p.s. It was fun to find out that you are De Azevedo's as we are familiar with Lex de Azevedo and a lot of his music. I also have a sister whose daughter is just 4 months older than Alyssa and has also had a hard time talking. They think she might have apraxia. I told my sister about signing time. She got it for her daughter and said she had similar results. Her daughter is also talking a lot more. Thanks again. R. Baker
I got the idea for this game from "Cranium Hullaballoo" to teach colors in ASL - Use several different colors of paper or cardboard to make game pieces big enough for kids to stand on (squares or circles). Then, on 3x5 cards write down different movements (spin, crawl, tiptoe, etc). After going over the colors in ASL, let the kids all start the game on pieces of the same color. Then, pick a card and a color and, using sign, show all the kids where to move and how. The kids that understand the signs will be moving to the right color and the others make the connection by seeing it demonstrated. Soon, all the kids play at a quick pace! Since they should all be on the same color pieces at the same time, you can end the game by saying/signing "if you are on _color_, you win!" and they all win. It's a blast!
Hi Rachel, Leah @ Alex! Our family of 8 children adopted a baby with cerebral palsy. He was unable to speak until age 3. A therapist told us of your signing time videos and we ordered the first one. Only volumes 1 & 2 were out. So we've gotten to know your family as you've grown! Our entire family now signs with Jeffrey. He found music to be his key to learning. Your music along with the voice and sign reinforced his learning experience and allowed him to learn! God Bless! Repetition along with the music allowed him to be able to learn speech. (He speaks with groups of words he hears together so we are a para phrasing signing time household! Now my teens are taking "sign" in high school as their second language. They love being able to communicate any where without speaking. It is now like a "secret language". as Mom, I loved being able to enter Jeffrey's world with your music and song. Jeffrey learns what ever we teach to music. He can play the piano and repeats by ear what he hears. God Bless! He is now learning to read with pictures. Music is his rainbow in this world. Thank you.
My daughter was diagnosed in utero at 20 weeks gestation with brain damage. I was encouraged to abort. She is now 4 years old, with mild deficits that mimic a nonverbal autistic child, with a seizure disorder, and heavy metal toxicity. I started trying to sign with her at 18 months, by hiring a tutor who was attending school to become an interpreter. She recommended your videos, and told me what time it was on Detroit Public TV during the week so I could see it. I saw 2 episodes and bought the 13 disc set. My daughter knows about 70 signs or so with some variation due to decreased fine motor skills, and my 3 year old daughter and I can sign them all. I will be ordering series 2, and KEEP THEM COMING! I am so very grateful for your efforts- I want you to know how deeply you changed our lives. The money means nothing compared to my daughter signing MOM and I LOVE YOU. With sincere thanks.. Julie
I' m using your dvd library with teacher Ingles brazilian, wow it works!! Thanks, solange
We received both of the "Baby Signing Time" DVD's as a gift from a friend when I had mentioned wanting to teach my baby some baby sign when he was born. He is now 1 1/2, and is able to tell me so much! I have a couple of friends with babies the same age, and my little boy's ability to communicate has by far surpassed their little one's. He is starting to talk little by little, adding a new word every couple of days, but it surprises me how much he is able to tell me when he can't say the words. We have since added a couple of the regular "Signing Time" videos to our repertoire, and it's been too cute to see my 1 1/2 year old come up to me and say "Baby", then sign cry when his little baby brother is crying. I had heard the wonders of signing with your babies, but I never expected the results to be so great! My 3 month old will also eventually learn the signs as I have found this to be an excellent tool!
thank you so much for your show that airs on public television! My son is 3 1/2 and uses signs to communicate, as he has been diagnosed with apraxia of speech. The day I put Signing Time on, he came running to me, and signed to come to his room to see the show using signs! He was absolutely thrilled!! It is wonderful to have a show that all children can learn from, for kiddos like my son, to feel "a part of". Thank you again for making a huge difference for my son!
our son Nicholas who is 3 yrs old has Autism and doesn't have much language, our Speech therapist introduced us to signing times . we are so grateful for the work you all have done. You have made signing fun and easy to learn. Our son has watched and is imitating lots of signs and is starting to say words. Yeah.. when he is upset he yells Leah very clear. He wants to watch Leah. we love signing with you. Thank you. Danielle,Jeff,Jackson and Nicholas
We Love Signing time. I was going to the Library and borrowing books about sign language and attempting to teach my infant. We have friends that have a baby w/ a significant hearing loss and is learning sign language, we want our daughters to be able to communicate. My daughter Brianna is now 20 months old and knows more signs than I do. She is very outgoing and loves to let us know what she's thinking and wanting. Signing time has enhances our lives so much. Our whole famiily enjoys sign language even my three teenagers. We can't help but tell everyone about our discovery! Thank you for signing time. We hope you'll keep expanding your line. I can't say enough about the videos content the attention to detail and positive messages warm my heart. The song "show me a sign" says it all. Sincerely, Angie and Brianna McFarland