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Expressive Hands
Instruction by Shelly Graves

Who are we?
Expressive Hands uses American Sign Language as a tool to empower babies to express their needs. Infants may lack the fine motor skills necessary to produce spoken language, but they do not lack the conceptual ability to understand and use language. With the aide of sign language, children as young as eight months of age can tell you what they want, need, and feel, before they are able to verbalize.

Expressive Hands’ Fingers Do The Talking instruction is based on Joseph Garcia’s award-winning SIGN with your BABYâ„¢ program. Expressive Hands uses American Sign Language and speech to build the communication skills for each child. By teaching an established language, all participants in the child’s language development have a common foundation for instruction. Without a standard, each individual family, and childcare facility, could be faced with interpreting a unique set of signs from each child. American Sign Language is a sensible, established, and documented language for your pre-verbal child to learn.

Signing with children does not require parents or caregivers to learn a new language. Rather, sign language teaches a few simple gestures that empower children to communicate. In the same way that crawling seems to stimulate a child’s interest in walking, signing provides an excellent bridge to verbal communication. Babies learn signs that represent ideas they can understand like "eat", "more," and "milk". This enables the child to replace some of their frustrated outbursts with hand gestures that tell you exactly what they want or need. This creates a bond that can greatly improve the relationship with their caregivers.

Did you know that research shows that children who sign as babies...
  • can communicate as early as 8 months of age.
    become less frustrated because they are able to express their thoughts and feelings.
  • have a stronger bond with parents, siblings and other caregivers.
  • have refined gross and fine motor skills, coordination, and spatial reasoning.
  • have a greater sense of self-sufficiency, independence and confidence.
  • have a better grasp of grammar and syntax, past and present tenses, and language in general once they begin speaking.
  • tend to speak sooner. By age two, signers have an average vocabulary of 50 more words than non-signers. By age three, children exposed to signing have language skills approaching that expected of four year olds.
  • have higher average scores on intelligence tests. In some cases, signers score 20 points higher than non-signers.
Who will benefit from sign language instruction?
  • Expectant Parents
  • Families of hearing infants and older children
  • Caregivers such as Grandmother, Aunts, Daycare Staff
  • Preschool-aged children
  • Playgroups
  • Mother’s Groups
  • Families and children with special needs
  • Parents of newly identified deaf/hard of hearing children
  • School Programs/After School Programs
  • Community Organizations
  • Teachers
  • Church Groups
  • Medical Professionals

Presenter Profile
My background is in early childhood development, deaf education, and speech language pathology, working with hearing children as well as children with special needs. Since 1990, I have worked in a wide variety of education settings as a sign language interpreter, teacher, and therapist in both private and public settings. I have worked with childcare facilities training staff and working with them to implement sign language into their curriculum as well as work with families of special needs children to enhance communication.

I am committed to teaching others about the positive benefits of integrating sign language into everyday communication with babies and young children. I believe that parents, caregivers and childcare teachers who sign are providing a basis for reduced frustration, and stronger, long-term relationships with the children that they love and value.

I am an approved member of the Sign2Meâ„¢ Presenters’ Network.

Our Program
Our Fingers Do The Talking presentations, workshops and classes are perfect for anyone who has regular contact with infants or young children. All families are invited to participate including expectant parents, parents, grandparents and other caregivers. The Fingers Do The Talking programs are open to families of children who are hearing, hard-of-hearing, deaf, or those with special needs. We can provide special support to families with hearing parents of deaf children, deaf parents of hearing children, or families with other special needs. Everyone can benefit as a special bond is built with the child using sign language as a communication tool for early language development.

Seminars, Classes and Workshops are available for families of infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers, childcare providers and teachers in the following categories:

Presentations: Free 1-hour informational session designed to introduce your organization or group to the benefits of signing with children.

Adult Intensive Workshop: A one-day 3-hour course providing insight into a child’s language development and the use of ASL to build pre-verbal communication skills. The workshop will cover the history of signing, the short term and long term benefits of signing, information on early childhood language development, signing techniques, tips for signing success, and vocabulary building resources and exercises.

Child/Adult Class: This is a one-hour class that meets weekly. These classes are designed for families with children in a similar age group. This class emphasizes "hands on" signing techniques and role-playing scenarios for introducing sign language to the child. The class will cover the history of signing, the short term and long term benefits of signing, information on early childhood language development, signing techniques, tips for signing success, and vocabulary building resources and exercises.

Child only Class: Weekly classes. Classes designed for children in specific age groups. Signing is introduced through games, songs, dance, puppets, and other activities.

In-Home Workshops: For those who would like to organize and host a group session for friends and family in their home or their location of their choice. We will work with you to determine a convenient time of day, number of classes, and structure on the needs of your group and the ages of the children. Host gifts are available depending on the size of your group.

Personalized Consultations: We are available for private in home instructions and consultations.

Childcare providers and Teachers are welcome to attend any of the programs. Expressive Hands can also arrange staff training. Please contact us for availability and pricing.

Registration and More Information
Expressive Hands services the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex,
including Dallas, Denton, Collin and Tarrent Counties. For registration or more information on classes and rates please contact us.

Mailing Address:
8992 Preston Road
Suite 110-223
Frisco, Texas 75034
Phone: (214) 636-6512
Fax: (972) 668-0334

Gift Certificates are available for New Moms and Dads, Baby Showers, and Birthdays.

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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