Sign Language For All Ages
Course Description: Sign Language Workshops for Hearing Kids / Parents of all ages -- in and around the Denver Metro area
Using American Sign Language to communicate with preverbal hearing babies is one of the most fascinating and fastest growing parenting trends in America. It has been highlighted on the "Today Show" and has been featured in "USA Today" and "Parents Magazine". If you haven't heard of it or if you haven't seen a baby or toddler using "Sign" on any of your local outings, you soon will!
*GREAT for Pre-Verbal babies. Decreases frustration (for baby & parent) and empowers your little one to express needs, wants, and observations through the use of simple sign language. By using our sight, hearing and moving our bodies, babies learn about the world around them. Signing and speaking seems the natural way to incorporate several of our senses for communication.
*FUN for Toddlers. Signing is ideal for vocabulary building. Songs, stories, finger-plays and games come to life when your toddler can actively participate in communication through sign language.
*SPECIAL needs children benefit from learning sign language. Sign has been used for years and has been proven invaluable for autistic children, kids with Down Syndrome, cognitively impaired or speech delayed children -- and their parents.
*KIDS (and parents) of all ages can benefit from learning a second language.... the visual, expressive and beautiful language of Sign.
WHY sign? Because we can! It's fun, it's expressive, it's exciting and it's educational. Sign language is iconic... meaning that many of the signs actually look like what they are representing. It takes no time at all to pick up 50 or so basic signs.... signs that you probably already know but are not aware of (baby, banana, sleep, eat, dog, cat, cry, love)
WHY sign? Because it is beneficial in many many ways. Educationally it leads to active participating in reading... children LOVE books more because of Sign. They now become active participants by adding a physical element to books. Signing also decreases frustration on the part of BOTH baby and parent. It opens a window of your childs thoughts to YOU long before your child can talk. They can now choose to communicate and tell you what they are thinking and what they want and how they feel.
Sign Language is NOT just for the hearing impaired or deaf. Sign is simply another mode of communication. It is using another modality. We learn through all of our senses - sight, sound, smell, touch, taste - so why not add kinesthetic in there as well? Establish early and effective communication with your baby now by participating in a KidZsign class or workshop.
Presenter Profile: Barbara VanHorn, M.S. CCC-A
Signing has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. As a child, being able to communicate in sign language with my cousin who is deaf, sparked my interest and created a desire to begin my journey with a career helping and working with the deaf/hearing impaired population. My education includes a strong background in tutoring / interpreting for the deaf, a Bachelors Degree in Audiology / Deaf Education and a Masters Degree in Special Education / Audiology. I have worked in schools, private practice and in medical settings and have been teaching sign language to all ages, both hearing and hearing-impaired for the past twenty years.
Naturally, I taught each of my three hearing children sign language from an early age. Almost grown now, two of the three continue to be fluent and are truly bilingual. Early on, when my daughter began verbalizing and attempting to use words, at times the only way I could understand her was when she accompanied the word with the sign. She had over 75 signs she was using regularly to communicate by the time she was 12 months old. Sign also proved invaluable to my children in school. It came in handy with schoolwork and it gave my kiddos one other modality in which to learn. Spelling, math, numbers and other concepts were enhanced by using the iconic language of sign.
The number one concern with parents in using sign language with their baby / child, is in possibly creating a speech delay. Research along with my own personal experience, proves just the opposite happens; using sign language enables little ones to learn the value of language at a very early age, increases their vocabulary, decreases their frustration and builds their self confidence.
Barbara is a member of the Sign2me Network and has been a presenter at the Colorado Association of Education for Young Children (CAEYC) as well as the Metro State College Kids and Brains Conference.
Presentations - Workshops
Sign Language Colorado and KidZsign offer 2 or 3 hour Workshops for comprehensive learning. These workshops are tailored to the needs of parents, grandparents, teachers, and childcare providers.
Registration and More Information
To register or schedule your own workshop contact me at:
KidzSignBiz@aol.com OR call 303-522-1824 OR visit my website at www.KidzSign.Biz
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