MSH Mission Statement:
“Our mission is to bring a better understanding to parents, educators and children of the value of visual communication early in life. Promoting ASL as part of a dual language to the hearing community can act as a bridge to more meaningful communication in our homes, our schools and our communities.”
About My Smart Hands
Charlene C. Slaats-Gray, Owner of MSH London:
Charlene is a Certified Independent Sign Language Instructor who has completed level 303 of the “Signing Naturally” curriculum through classes at The Canadian Hearing Society.
Charlene works in an industry that services the culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing community. Her experience working with children with diverse levels of hearing loss comes from her volunteer work at Robarts School for the Deaf. Seeing many deaf children who have hearing parents, she noticed the need, and desire, for hearing parents to bridge the communication gap between themselves and their child.
Imagine being able to learn to communicate with your child before he or she can talk. Being able to understand what they want at an early age, to give them another language and to strengthen your bond with them are only a few of the benefits that come with teaching your child sign language.
The use of ASL is not only beneficial for babies but for anyone who does not have a voice. Charlene is passionate about offering a means of communication to those with, APHASIA, AUTISM CEREBRAL PALSY, and/or DOWN SYNDROME. Through the amazing benefits of ASL you can help give anyone a “voice”.
What began as an interest in American Sign Language quickly turned into a passion for Charlene. That passion led her to My Smart Hands where she will be able to further share her expertise with others.