I learned American Sign Language at the age of 18 and have been using sign since. I have worked as a school psychologist for the deaf and hard of hearing and am now currently working as a Mobile Therapist/Behavioral Specialist Consultant. I have taught sign language classes in the past with the Intermediate Unit at Summerdale, PA. My passion for wanting to teach babies/pre-school signs emerged after I had children of my own. Every day I am amazed at my children and how many words they have learned through sign language. My youngest son continues to surprise me daily with new signs. Currently, his signing vocabulary is 44 words at 17 months. My boys were able to communicate at a much earlier age than they could speak. Researchers have shown that babies who use sign language tend to speak sooner with larger vocabularies, show an increase of IQ scores and engage in more sophisticated play. Using sign language on daily basis can reduce frustration and create a special bond that is soo important for healthy child development. I am soo excited to embark on this exciting journey to share with you how wonderful and beneficial it is to learn sign language.
I was born deaf, and was "mainstreamed" at a hearing school until my senior year in high school. Teaching my hearing children how to sign was critical in my family, and also has helped me create a strong bond with them.
Karen Conrad is a graduate from Gallaudet University in Washington DC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology and Specialist Degree in School Psychology.
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I am currently teaching at a daycare for kids from 7 months to 5 years
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