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Come Sign With Cristen
Classes & Workshops by Cristen Gallin

Description of Courses
Welcome to the world of sign language! I am so glad you are choosing to bring sign language into your life.
My courses are all based on the idea that sign language can help create a bond between baby and parent. Not only can it bring you closer together as a family unit, but sign language can create communication where there was once frustration. These theories are based on Dr. Joseph Garcia’s book "Sign With Your Baby".
These classes are geared towards parents, caregivers and anyone who spends time with an infant/toddler on a regular basis.
My classes are also perfect for parents of a deaf or hard of hearing infant/toddler interested in learning sign language. I can tailor the classes to fit your needs.

About Me
I am a certified Teacher of the Deaf, Special Education Teacher and an Elementary Education Teacher. I have 10 years experience teaching Sign Language at Elementary, Intermediate, High School and Adult Community Schools. At the middle school level I created a Sign Language Club which the kids really enjoyed!
I thoroughly enjoy working with all ages. I have a son who is 4 years old as well as a son who is one year old. I have been signing with them both since birth. It amazes me how quickly babies and toddlers can pick up sign language and how wonderful it makes both of us feel when we are communicating with each other via sign langauage.
I went to the College of New Jersey and that is where I fell in love with Sign Language. It is a beautiful language and my wish is that everyone will come to realize how wonderful this language is.
I believe in learning through life experiences and having a great time while doing so. Having fun is very important when introducing new material to a person of any age!! I aim to make my classes something you and your child will look forward to each week.

Location and Duration
I will come to your home, school or place of business to instruct these programs or we can meet at a local library:

*I can design a program/class to meet your needs!!
Some types of classes are set up like this:

*Six or eight week period of one hour sessions,(adults and children), on how to sign with your baby using American Sign Language

*Workshops broken into two meetings of three hours each(adults only) where the same information from the six week program will be condensed.

*One Hour Presentation (Quick Overview) (Babies/Children permitted) A basic introduction of Joseph Garcia’s theory, including learning a few signs.

*Private lessons for adults/older children who are interested in learning American Sign Language

Cost and Additional Services Available
Please call (732) 286-7899 or email me (cristensigns@yahoo.com) with questions about the courses and/or fees.

In addition to the above mentioned programs offered,
I am also available to teach:
*mini lessons to children
*private sign language lessons
*workshops for daycare centers or teachers
*tutor deaf/hearing children in academics
*continuing education courses for teacher/paraprofessionals

Registration and More Information
Please contact me at 732 286 7899 or email me at cristensigns@yahoo.com

**UPCOMING CLASSES**

WINTER PROGRAMS:

Sign Classes at THE OCEAN COUNTY YMCA: WINTER 09 10 Week Session.
Sing and Sign with parent classes - Sat. 9:30-10:15am
Sing and Sign K-up classes - Wed. Sat. 10:15-11:00am
Adult classes - Sat. 11-12am
Call 732 341 9622 or sign up at www.ocymca.org

LACEY COMMUNITY SCHOOL in Ocean County:
Cancelled...will start up again in Fall.

*Below are the library programs. Sign up early because they fill up quick!

BERKELEY LIBRARY (Bayville, NJ):
Sing and Sign Programs
3 week programs every other month! Next one on:
January 12th! 10am

OCEAN COUNTY LIBRARY (TOMS RIVER):

ASL Program for 5yrs old and Up (with parent)
5 weeks starting January 12 - February 9th Mondays 7-8pm

**NEW** JACKSON TWP LIBRARY
ASL Program for 5yrs old and Up (with parent)
5 weeks starting January 13 - February 10th Tuesdays 7-8pm

NEW Barnegat Library
Sing and Sign
Wed,February 4th 11am


*Visit www.asburyparkpress.com and check out the Monday October 23, 2006 issue in the local ocean county section to view an article about my classes at Toms River Library.

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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