My name is Charlene Slaats-Gray and I am a Certified Sign Language Instructor and President of My Smart Hands London. My journey into American Sign Language began while volunteering at a school for the deaf. In doing so I was fascinated with the concept that hearing siblings, exposed to signing with their Deaf siblings, had what appeared to be a larger vocabulary then their peers not exposed to ASL. In researching using ASL signs with hearing babies, I learned more about the number of learning styles, specifically visual and kinesthetic, which ASL encompasses, and was amazed at the the benefits it offers.
I now am very aware that using ASL signs is not only beneficial for pre-verbal babies but for anyone who does not have a voice. I am passionate about offering a means of communication to those with, APHASIA, AUTISM CEREBRAL PALSY, and/or DOWN SYNDROME. I now still each but also do workshops and specialize in giving lectures to Teacher Education programs, Medics,Seniors and others, on the concept of using sign language to help promote literacy.
Avi practicing his "I love you" sign! Thanks Charlene!! These moments are so unforgettable!