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Simply Signing

Meet Susan Rizzo, Certified Sign2Me® Presenter
Susan Rizzo has been studying American Sign Language (ASL) since 1997. She has a Master of Science in Secondary Deaf Education and is a certified teacher of the deaf. She also has an extensive medical background, has served on the boards of several "kid-focused" interest groups, and founded the Deaf Culture Forum at the Chicago Medical School to "de-medicalize" deafness. Having taught high school science, English and history to deaf and hard-of-hearing students, Susan now returns to school herself to pursue a doctorate in Linguistics at the University of Chicago. She and husband, Rick, had their first child, Tobias Mercury, in September, 2007, and are, of course, signing with him.

Personal Philosophy
Early childhood signing has many potential communicative, social-emotional, cognitive, linguistic, kinesthetic and visual-spatial benefits.

ASL offers consistency, while so-called "home signs" (a.k.a., simple gestures) do not. A baby using an ASL sign is as easily understood by a newcomer (e.g., new childcare worker, teacher or classmate) as by her own parent.

ASL signs are easy and fun to learn, often due to their iconicity. Babies and parents have an easy time acquiring new signs, as they frequently look like what they are meant to represent.

ASL is a gift from the Deaf community and must be used cautiously and conscientiously. While the SWYB program teaches ASL vocabulary, it does not teach grammar, idioms and other equally valuable components of this natural language. Simply Signing views teaching participants about ASL and Deaf culture as inherent in its mandate.

Course Descriptions
INFANT, TODDLER & PRESCHOOLER CLASSES - These 45-minute parent-child classes meet once a week for 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the class. Through a combination of direct instruction, song and play, participants learn age-appropriate ASL signs (e.g., "eat," "more," "please"), as well as valuable SIGN with your BABY methods of teaching them to young children.

PARENT WORKSHOPS - These 90-minute workshops are designed as stand-alone tutorials. Parents learn the benefits of signing generally and of using the SIGN with your BABY program specifically. They learn basic baby-themed ASL signs and handy ways of teaching them to children. Finally, they have the opportunity to purchase SWYB and other educational products at a discount.

TEACHER/CHILDCARE PROVIDER IN-SERVICES - These variable length workshops are designed as stand-alone tutorials. Participants learn the basics of using ASL signs in their classrooms. They also learn vocabulary appropriate to the age groups they supervise.

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION - Contact the presenter to arrange personalized instruction at your convenience. Take advantage of discounted group rates!

Class Schedule
Click "schedule" at to view upcoming events, or contact Susan by phone or email for updated information.

Contact Information
Susan Rizzo
(708) 443-3367

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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