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Island Monkeez - Keiki Signs

Island Monkeez
Keiki Signs is part of Island Monkeez. Our Contact information is whttp://sign2me.com/presenters/webpage.phpww.islandmonkeez.com or email us at: info@islandmonkeez.com or call us at: 808.206.9132.

Keiki Signs Programs
At Keiki Signs there are five programs offered: Presentation, Workshops, Classes, Training Seminars and Keiki Signing Group. Any of these programs can be tailored for your needs.

PRESENTATION-Are complementary Presentations that are less than an hour which are meant to be a brief introduction to the programs offered by Keiki Signs.

WORKSHOP-Are usually one to two hours, and is designed to give a more thorough overview of the Keiki Sign Language. This workshop focuses on the history, benefits, and on learning and practicing signs. Babies & Toddlers are welcomed!

CLASSES-This is a six week course, 45min to an hour each session. Designed to introduce the use of ASL with preverbal Keikis. Every week you will learn new signs with different themes. Weeks 1-6: (1)First Signs, (2)Snack & Meal Time, (3)Bath & Body (4) Dirty Business, (5) Clothes & Dressing (6) Bedtime. Weeks 7-12: (7)Animals, (8) Family, (9) Colors, (10) Emotions, (11) Playtime and (12) Nature & Weather.

TRAINING SEMINAR-This is a 2 hour workshop. It is designed for childcare Providers, Healthcare Providers, Non-Profit Organizations and other businesses who wants to enhance their programs with Baby Sign Language.

KEIKI SIGNING GROUP-This Group is designed for parents using Baby Sign Language that want extra support either through the instructor or from other parents/caregivers.

PRIVATE-We also offer Private Presentation, Workshops & Classes for those in groups interested in learning about Baby Sign Language. (Any Parent-Child groups or Adult groups or large families are also welcomed.)

(Although our programs are geared toward parents and children, we offer programs for adults & elderly who no longer can speak or hear and their caregivers and if you don’t see a program that fits your needs please call or email us and we may be able to tailor a program to fit your needs.)

All classes need to be pre-registered and have limited seating.
Call 808.206.9132 or email info@islandmonkeez.com to register.

IN 2005:
Hawaii Parent Magazine
The Voice of Kapolei News Letter.
Come visit us at the New Baby & KIDS Expo 2005
Baby Hui Santas Workshop 2005


IN 2006:
Hawaii Parent Magazine
New Baby Expo 2006
Honolulu Advertiser Keiki Connection
Love and Sweet Peas (Kailua)
Aloha Mothers of Multiples
Hana Like Home Visitor Program (Diamond Head Office)
Moms Club - Aiea
HAEYC - Convention Center
Children’s Day - (State Capitol)

IN 2007:
Ohana Music Together (Pearl City)
Pig Tails & Crew Cuts (Airport)
Kahalakids (Kahala Mall)
Weeplay & Learn (Hawaii Kai)
Moms Club - (Honolulu-East)
McKennly High School (Teen Parent Program)
Kaiser Permanente (Kailua Clinic)
R.E.A.C.H. (Manoa Elementry)
Calvary Child Care Center (Moanalua)
Moms Club - East Honolulu
Honolulu Advertiser has an Article- Signs of the times. (June)
Ewa Beach Public Library
PACT-Home Visiting Program-Hanalike Diamond Head
Find Children’s Program
Hawaii Parent
The Honolulu Zoo
KoOlina Beach Park (Lagoon 4)
Building Blocks for Tots TV show Ch 3 Mondays 10:30am

Up Comming Events
Baby Expo in May 2008


WHERE WE ARE NOW:
**Ohana Music Together (Pearl City)**
**Pig Tails and Crew Cuts (Airport)**
**Kahalakids (Kahala Mall)**
**Kaiser Permanente (Kailua Clinic)**
**Kaiser Permanente (Kapolei Clinic)**
Building Blocks for Tots TV show Ch 3 Mondays 10:30am
The Honolulu Zoo and KoOlina Beach Park is on hold until spring of 2008 due to weather.

More to be announced.

PLEASE GO TO www.islandmonkeez.com FOR UPDATED SCHEDULES AND SPECIALS.-Thank You.

*** All classes & Workshops need to be pre-registered and have limited seating.
Call 808.206.9132 or email inso@islandmonkeez.com to register.***


PLEASE GO TO www.islandmonkeez.com FOR UPDATED SCHEDULES, PRICING AND SPECIALS.-Thank You.

About Presenter & Keiki Signs
Aloha (Hello) and mahalo (Thank You) for visiting Keiki Signs home page at Sign2me.com. My name is Flo and the little boy you see with me is my son Cole. I started Keiki Signs because I felt that all parents and caregivers should have access to this amazing tool. Seriously when I say you can communicate with your child before they can speak you can. Not only is this a great tool for communicating with your child but also it is a great way to communicate with someone who has lost his or her speech or hearing. American Sign Language (ASL) empowers every child or adult who uses it to communicate to others. Just watch the difference it makes and watch their faces light up when they feel they are being understood.

WORK HISTORY:
In the past 15 years I have worked as a Certified Nurses Aid & Certified Restorative Nurses Aid with adults, elderly and children. I have also worked setting up programs and maintaining them on military installations. I have been a camp counselor, swim instructor, American Red Cross computer instructor (MAC/PC), home visitor counselor and Day care provider. My experience also included owning and running a Family Day Care (Hawaii Nei Keiki Center).

MY EXPOSURE TO ASL:
I have taken ASL classes as a second language at San Diego City College. In 1996 I was fortunate to meet a lady who talked about Baby Sign Language and how she was so amazed at the results it had on both the caregiver and the child.

In 2000, I decided to open a Family Day Care to finish college. I had a child who was autistic, the Doctors, the family and assistants were all using ASL to help him communicate. It was great, after he learned the basic signs his tantrums reduced drastically. By signing he was able to tell us what he needed.

In 2002 my husbands sister had a child, her day care was teaching her how to use ASL to help her communication skills and to help reduce frustrations. It was just wonderful to see that she could communicate with her mom, dad and to us what she wanted. She is now 2 1/2 and her verbal vocabulary, in my opinion, far surpasses some of the three year olds that I have worked with.

WHY I STARTED KEIKI SIGN:
With all my exposure I knew I was going to use ASL with my child whenever that was going to be. Sure enough in December of 2004, I had my first son Cole. I wanted to stay home with him so I decided to reopen Hawaii Nei Kieki Center in the Makakilo/Kapolei area. After three months of staying home I really felt the need to get back to making a difference in peoples lives. My previous job had been for Hana Like Healthy Start Program. Hana Like is a non-profit program, which helps prevent child abuse & neglect.

We made visits to our clients homes and supplied them the tools to help their children reach the normal developmental milestones. This was done using activities to strengthen the bond between the parent/caregiver and children. As time went on their relationships grew stronger and the frustrations and tantrums diminished. My belief is if you have a strong bond between yourself and your children, through communication/understanding you will do what ever it takes to love, nourish and keep them safe. You do this so that your child can have a healthy start in life.

That is what Baby Sign Language is all about, giving the parents or caregivers the tool of communication to create that strong bond. For this is the reason it is now my goal to teach everyone Baby Sign Language. If I can help families reduce the frustration of communicating then I feel that I am still doing my part in fighting child abuse and neglect in the State of Hawaii.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH ASL & COLE:
I started ASL with my son at 3 months, he recognized the sign for milk at 5 months. He is now 9 months and has signed: Milk, More, and Eat. Today 10/2/05 while at Home Depot he looked up in the parking lot at a passing jet and made the sign for airplane. I praised Cole and acted like no big deal, but inside I was jumping up and down doing flips, and kept saying airplane so he would do it again and again. My husband was laughing. We taught him this sign two weeks ago. I am really excited that all our hard work is starting to pay off.

UPDATE 2008:
Our new born Kirra is not so new born anymore but 5 month old Kirra knows the sign for milk. We started with her at 3 month like cole and currently she recognizes the sign for milk. She stops crying when we sign milk or she gets all excited as if she sees the milk bottle and opens her mouth. Will update more as she grows older.

Aloha & Mahalo For Your Time
Florence Dixon
Keiki Signs

Registration and More Information
Please contact us @:
Keiki Signs
808.206.9132
info@islandmonkeez.com
www.islandmonkeez.com

We service all of Hawaii Nei (Oahu, Big Island, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kauai)

NOTE: All of the individuals and/or organizations listed herein operate independently of and are not directly affiliated with Sign2Me®/Northlight Communications. The above information is provided solely as a service to parents and caregivers seeking signing resources in their community. None of these programs have been reviewed, approved, or endorsed in any way by Sign2Me® and we take no responsibility for the quality, format, or content provided.
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