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Signs of Learning
Providing American Sign Language classes to budding babies and their caregivers in the Raleigh and Cary areas of North Carolina. www.signsoflearning.com

Course Description
Sophia signing 'water.'
We are offering classes in the Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, and Chapel Hill/Durham, NC areas designed to introduce American Sign Language (ASL) to children between the ages of 5 months and 4 years and their caregivers. Visit our website for a more detailed description of classes. A variety of classes/workshops will be provided, including:

Presentations
Brief introduction to the benefits of signing with your baby.
*Fee - These presentations are normally free of charge.


Parent Workshops
Designed for the parents on the go, this workshop will teach the same information as the 6 week parent/child classes but it will be condensed into one 2 hour session. We will discuss the research supporting the SIGN with your BABY�??�?�® method, helpful tools and techniques of teaching, and the best time to start signing. Over 50 signs will be introduced.
*Fee varies depending on the site: Usually between $ 50 - $ 60.


Educator Workshops
These workshops are designed to equip educators with the tools they need to incorporate ASL in the classroom. Educators learn about the compelling research in this area, resources to keep them signing in their classes and how to involve parents and are provided with vocabulary specific to classroom use. Workshops can be designed to meet the budget and needs of educators.
*Fee to be decided based on length of program and number of people in attendance. Generally 5 an hour or .50 per person per hour.


Parent/Child Classes
Sign Language for Budding Babies I & II: These classes are 6 week, 60 minute classes created for parents/caregivers and babies (6 months to 36 months). In a playful, language-rich, educational environment, parents, caregivers and children will build their American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary through interactive games, songs, instruction and storytelling. Beginners classes and advanced classes are available.
*Fee varies depedning on the site: Usually $ 95 per parent/child couple.

You can often find coupons to be used at some locations, in the Carolina Parent magazine, and via email if you sign up on the "Contact Us" page, or via Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raleigh/Signs-of-Learning-Sign-Language-for-Babies-and-Young-Children/347709779918


Sing and Sign Playtime
Come practice the signs you and your child already know or learn new signs to go along with fun songs. This 30 minute class is designed to keep American Sign Language fun and entertaining. No previous signing experience is necessary. Come ready to sing and laugh and dance around.
*Fee varies depending on the site: Usually $ 60



Playgroups
Join other parents and children for playtime two times a month. Give your child an opportunity for social development while implementing their ASL skills, and give yourself a chance to network with others caregivers who use ASL. These playgroups are informal, and chock-full of fun! Prerequisite: Parent/Child Class or basic ASL skills.
*Fee: offered every few weeks for free.



Private Instruction
These in-home classes are designed to fit your needs, your goals, and your schedule. If you have a group or you would like private instruction and would like to meet at your location, then you can host an in-home or on-site workshop or class. This is also a wonderful option for moms groups; clubs, playgroups, and childcare centers. To arrange an in-home or on-site workshop please contact me.
*Fee to be decided at time of registration.
Personal Instruction - per hour per family (mom, dad, siblings, grandparents, nannies, included) $ 50 per hour
In-home 6 week class hosted by one family with four or more other participants (parent/child combos) costs $ 95 per parent/child combo. Host family will receive a discount ($ 45 for host family).


Research shows that using ASL with your baby offers invaluable benefits, such as, accelerated language development and larger vocabulary, increased interest in books, and possible improvement in child’s IQ. I welcome you to this journey of knowledge, communication, and connection!

For more information check out our webstie: www.signsoflearning.com or follow us on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raleigh/Signs-of-Learning-Sign-Language-for-Babies-and-Young-Children/347709779918

Presenter Profile: Jessica Kelly
JESSICA KELLY, Owner and Instructor

EXPERIENCE:

Jessica is mom to two sweet girls (born March 2009 and Aug 2012) - at 18 months her daughter knew over 200 signs. Both started signing at 5.5 months. Jessica has been using American Sign Language since 1992. She did her Bachelor’s practicum at Maryland School for the Deaf in the Speech and Language Department and she has worked at a summer camp for the Deaf/Hearing Impaired.

Jessica was a nanny and taught ASL to the little girl with whom she worked. Between the ages of 7 months and 18 months the child developed a comprehensive vocabulary of 100+ words and an expressive vocabulary of 50+ words. Jessica is also working with a non-profit organization called Handicapped Encounter Christ (HEC). HEC offers social and spiritual support to adults with physical disabilities. Currently Jess works in early intervention offering Developmental Therapy to children birth to 3 years of age with various developmental delays.

PHILOSOPHY:
Jessica has a passion for interacting with people and she is dedicated to lifting up the dignity of all people and to energizing babies, parents, caregivers, and educators to reach their maximum potential. She believes that this program will empower children to express his/her needs and will allow for a significant reduction in frustration for both parent and child, making daily interaction more enjoyable.

A basic understanding of ASL can increase children’s social awareness of different methods of communication and will open children up to communicating with Deaf children with whom they come in contact. Jessica is dedicated to respecting Deaf culture and will be sure to express that respect in her classroom. Jessica is very excited to share this wonderful opportunity with you and your loved ones!

EDUCATION:
Loyola College in Maryland
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Speech-Language Pathology / Audiology

Chestnut Hill College - Graduate Division
Master of Arts Degree
Holistic Spirituality

Additional Courses in American Sign Language taken at:
Montgomery County Community College
Gallaudet University
Wake Technical Community College



Location, Time, and Duration
Classes and workshops are being scheduled throughout the Cary/Raleigh, Morrisville, NC and surrounding areas. I will also travel for groups. Contact me for more information or go to www.signsoflearning.com for details.
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Locations:
The Diapering Doula - Morrisville, NC
Whole Family Chiropractic - Cary, NC
SmartMomma - Raleigh, NC
SweetBottoms Baby Boutique - Cary, NC
Raleigh location changes from time to time.
Hosted classes are throughout the Triangle.

Fees
The fees for each class vary depending on the site. Please contact Jessica for more information.
See my website for more information:
www.signsoflearning.com
or visit us on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/signsoflearning

Registration and More Information
For more information please contact me:
Jessica Kelly
info@signsoflearning.com
919-469-5244

www.signsoflearning.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/signsoflearning

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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