CONFERENCES, IN-SERVICE TRAININGS, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Program for Infant Toddler Caregiver
CUSTOMIZED STAFF TRAINING
Are You Planning a Staff In-Service Training? Are You Planning a Conference?
-Preverbal Infant Sign Language
-Signs for the Workplace
-Sign Language Classes for Religious Workers
For further information about Customized Staff Training
Contact: Debbie Lawrence at 612-521-SIGN (7446) or Debbie@easysigningmn.com.
Introduction to Infant and Toddler Sign
This workshop provides an introduction
to the specific infant/toddler
communication strategy based on
the award-winning SIGN with your
BABY Program by Joseph Garcia.
Participants will learn what Infant
Signing is, how using Infant Signing
facilitates language development, and
why encouraging preverbal children
to use Infant Signing has benefi ts for
the caregiver and for families. The
session includes video illustration and
interactive class participation. Learn
how to open two-way communication
for your hearing infant and toddlers
before they can speak! Optional signing
Instructor: Debbie Lawrence
Time: Thursday, June 4,
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
2 in-service hours
With her quick hand salute-like sign for Hello, a huge welcoming smile and her lively enthusiasm, Debbie can stir up a crowd! When you have her teach you ASL signs, one can t help get into the action, sign along, and burst into full laughter with her jokes when hand signs get mixed up.
Debbie Lawrence, founder of Signs of Baby, has 28 years experience in teaching Sign Language that could be used for both hearing and non-hearing individuals. Her personal experience piqued her passion and interest in studying more about Sign Language. Since 1978, she took more courses in American Sign Language (ASL) to further develop her Sign Language skills. She served as a volunteer at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Adult Literacy Program before she moved to Minnesota. In 2000, she received her BA degree in Deaf Culture Studies from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN. Then in 2003, she became a SIGN2ME Network Presenter in which she based her instructions from Dr. Joseph Garcia s Infant Signing pioneering research studies. Dr. Garcia found that hearing babies who could engage in expressive communication using ASL signs accelerated in their verbal language.
Her recent accomplishments include being featured on KARE 11 NEWS, her appointment as ASL Trainer for The Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers granted by the MN Child Care Resources & Referral Network (MNCCRRN) and certification as Minnesotas Trainer of Modules II and III from The Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers. She was also invited to speak at the MENSA conference, an organization with members whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population.
Debbie Lawrence has been presenting as an American Sign Language (ASL) training instructor for professional care providers, childcare educators, librarians, nannies, parents, and family caregivers. She is a frequent presenter in community centers, daycare centers and at educational workshops such as the Early Childhood Development and Brain Development Conferences. She is an active trainer for several childcare organizations such as MN Child Care Resources & Referral Network, Child Care Choices, ARC Midstate and the Resource for Child Caring.
With an interest in cross-cultural studies of Deaf communities, she has traveled extensively to Denmark, England, Kenya, Zambia and Haiti. Since her return from visiting these countries, she is in the process of editing her TV documentary materials on Kenya Sign Language and Kenya Deaf Culture. With her clients who have various diagnoses of Developmental Disabilities, she recently produced a TV Game Show with them, entitled, The Big Z Sign Language Game! It aired on North Metro Cable 15 in Blaine, MN.
Put those hands up and Sign with me.
COMMENT FROM HER WORKSHOPS:
Debbie s enthusiasm & great facial expressions & body language made the class fun & also gave a good sense of how to communicate with sign/ASL.St David s Child Development & Family Services
Debbie has a passion for what she taught and it shows in her presentation. I admire that! Ham Lake Step & Go Child Care instructor
In teaching ASL signs, Debbie gave clear illustrations with practical examples. She was very animated making learning easy. Debbie was dynamite!
French Professor, J. Vales
Facultee de Linguistique Appliquee
(Faculty of Applied Linguistics)
Port au Prince, Haiti
From the moment Debbie became a Presenter in the Sign2Me Presenters Network, I knew that she was going to be a very successful teacher. Her passion, knowledge, and speaking skills, have made her one of the most requested Presenters for classes and workshops. She has proven to be an outstanding Presenter and anyone lucky enough to take one of her fun and educational classes will benefit from her teaching.
International Network Director
Sign2Me Presenters Network
I didn t realize that Infant Signing is part of ASL. The instructor made it fun to learn infant signing. MOAPP Conference Attendee
BABY SIGNING EVENT
Are you curious about sign language for YOUR baby or toddler? Debbie Lawrence of Easy Signing MN will be providing introductory lessons, available in three separate SESSIONS , on a first-come first-served basis and go over the basics of signing for ages 0-3 years. More and more parents, caregivers and childcare professionals are using sign language to communicate with hearing, pre-verbal infants. Signing with babies empowers children with early communication skills and helps to reduce their frustration. Debbie will go over the basics of using ASL signing with babies, pre-verbal toddlers, toddlers and preschoolers through SIGN SONGS.
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