Why Wait to Communicate?
It is the goal of Loving Signs to give parents, educators, and childcare givers the tools necessary to teach infants and children to communicate through American Sign Language (ASL).
ASL is the third most popular language in the United States. There are many benefits of teaching pre-verbal hearing infants to communicate through the use of sign. The first is reduced stress levels for both the child and the caregiver. When a child is able to communicate their needs, they are less frustrated and more satisfied. Second, the use of signs can reduce noise levels and improve integration among diverse populations in childcare facilities. Third, sign language can reduce aggressive behavior and accelerate the development of verbal language.
Melissa is a member of the Sign with your Baby Presenters Network and the mother of a signing child.
I have loved teaching from an early age. I began teaching swimming lessons at age 15 and continued teaching various things until most recently teaching fifth grade. I have a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. My degree training included completeing an ASL class and student teaching in a classroom that included 2 deaf children.
After becoming a mother in the Spring of 2004, I began staying home with my daughter. When she was 14 months old, I began teaching her ASL (I only wish I had started much sooner!). I was amazed at how quickly she caught on and how much easier it was for her to communicate her needs to me. Her first signs were milk, more and eat. Any parent knows that when a child can tell you they need those things, potential melt-downs can be avoided.
4 Week Sessions (San Antonio only)*:
This class will meet 4 mornings for 1 hour in a 4 week period. The cost is and includes one adult with a child. There is an additional charge for additional adults.
The next Level 1 session will meet Tuesdays 11/29/05, 12/6/05, 12/13/05 & 12/20/05 from 10:00AM-11:00AM at Kidzville on San Pedro. Parents and students are welcome to play in the facility after classes at no additional charge! Go to www.kidzville.org for directions.
Please contact us for information about future session dates and locations.
This workshop will last for 3 hours. The cost is for one adult. Children are welcome, but keep in mind, 3 hours can seem like an eternity to a child.
You are welcomed to host a workshop. The hosts tuition is waived as long as there are 4 or more paying students.
Referrals are appreciated! Refer a friend, your childs Mothers Day Out or childcare facility, or another program and receive 10% off your next session!
Childcare Facility/Playgroup Workshops*:
These workshops can be formatted to fit your needs. Call for more information.
*All the above classes are based upon Joseph Garcias Sign with your Baby program. The classes include stories, songs and ASL signs as related to a theme.
Registration & More Information
To find out more about the classes in San Antonio or Waco, contact Melissa at (210) 378-8225 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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