I grew up in an area where there were lots of languages spoken. So, it is of no surprise that when my hubby and I had kids we decided to raise them in a home with several languages. And since I worked at the Delaware State School for the Deaf at the time of the birth of our first child , incorporating sign language in to our home was an obvious choice.
At first it was fun to introduce a variety of languages to our little mini-robot, eh daughter, Natasha. But, the value of having a signing home really came in to play when our son, Seth, was born prematurely and experienced serious speech delays. Years later we still use sign language in our home, school and places of work. Of course for me, merging my work as a psychologist with my love for sign language resulted in development of my company, SIGNING FAMILIES™.
I asked Natasha to film a bit about growing up in a bilingual home as part of the SIGNING FAMILIES™ Just the Basics and Just the Kids online sign language courses. Below is the video. (She has additional signing videos we will include as well in the series,too!) I especially like the part where she discusses sign language in respect to culture. I also was pleased to see that ABCFamily wrote that very aspect in to their most recent episode of Switched At Birth when one mom discussed with the other the importance of deaf culture in relation to ASL.
SIGNING FAMILIES™ has new products too. Believe it or not we have HEBREW– ASL – ENGLISH Bookmarks in stock now. Go here to learn more (Also available with Spanish-ASL-English)
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