Professional Workshop Descriptions

Educator Workshops
We are proud to offer conferences and workshops just as we have here in London through the Thames Valley District School Board.  These workshops are designed to give child care providers, educators, and homeschooling parents the tools to incorporate American Sign Language (ASL) into the current curriculum. As educators, we know that there are different types of learning styles in the classroom; auditory, visual and kinesthetic. Workshop content and length are customized to the needs of each facility and staff.  Participants will learn hundreds of signs along with simple, memorable ways to integrate sign language into each day. Using sign language in your program encompasses all learning styles. The students will hear you when you say the word, he/she will see you make the sign and will also experience/feel the word as he/she learns to sign. These workshops are designed to suit the specific needs of the school. Teachers will learn about the research supporting the use of sign language in the classroom, they will be given resources and will be provided with vocabulary specific to classroom use.

Cost: TBD  (four-hour minimum), plus manual fees

Specialized Workshops – First responders & Health Care Facilities 
This basic sign language signs course could help save lives.  This is a basic American Sign Language (ASL) sign course verses ASL in its fullest context.  These workshops are designed to give health care providers the tools to incorporate American Sign Language (ASL) into their everyday. Your staff would be taught ASL signs for emergency situations, some of which would include signs such as family members/people, numbers, alphabet and other common emergency signs.  In addition, we give talk about and give an understanding of the Deaf community and teach facial expressions and their importance when communicating with the deaf/hard of hearing. (in applicable situations) These workshops are designed to suit the specific needs of the school.

Cost: TBD  (four-hour minimum).

Daycare Workshops
These 30-minute preschool-style classes are designed to be taught to a group of children in a daycare setting with the daycare provider(s) present.  Class lengths and topics can be customized to the needs of each daycare, whether in-home or center.  When Levels 1 and 2 are taught in this setting, each of the eight lessons are extended into four classes with a focus on 3 signs per class.  This allows the children more time to become familiar with each group of signs; children are more likely to remember and use the signs due to increased repetition and focus on each topic.  Signs are taught using songs, games, activities, and books.  At the end of each class, take-home handouts are given to daycare providers to send home with each family at the end of the day.  When Levels 1 and 2 are taught, daycares are required to purchase a minimum of one manual per home or center for use and reference by daycare providers.  Manuals are also available for purchase by parents of children in the daycare.

Cost: $5 per child per class, due at the end of each month.  ($30.00 er class minimum).  Each manual is $30 and includes full-color photos of each sign, the ASL alphabet, lyrics for 1-2 songs per lesson, and a music CD.

Homeschool, Preschool Workshops
For homeschooling families, workshops can also be taught to both the parents and children at the same time (for this option, adjusted Level 1 pricing would apply).  ASL is a valuable educational tool that can enhance lessons for children of any age.  Ask me how!

Cost: TBD  (two-hour minimum), plus manual fees

Parent Workshops
This workshop is geared towards busy parents who are unable to take a full 6 week class.

Learn how to enrich your child’s language development by increasing vocabulary and building self-confidence through the use of American Sign Language (ASL). This workshop is an introduction to the benefits of using ASL with your child. Children are not only auditory learners they also learn visually and kinesthetically (touch and experience). Using sign language with your child encompasses all learning styles. Your child will hear you when you say the word, he/she will see you make the sign and will also experience/feel the word as he/she learns to sign.

This workshop is designed for the busy parent; you will learn recommended first signs and easy techniques for successfully integrating signs into everyday life. Over 100 signs will be introduced. Fee includes a full color MSH™ curriculum book with a CD of songs included in the book.