Category: Louise Sattler

ADT Pulse and the Deaf Community- Seems Like a PERFECT Match!

As the owner of Signing Families™ I am always on the look out for technologies that help people who are Hard of Hearing (HOH) like my hubby or deaf stay safe.  This includes being safe within ones home from fires, carbon monoxide poisoning or intruders.  Thus, when I was given information about the new ADT Pulse, I became intrigued as to whether this would be a system that would work with families who are deaf.

The ADT Pulse system integrates the technologies of a traditional security system, with additional features that I have never seen.  You can remotely set your system from your mobile phone. (Even from my beloved iPhone with an app!)   And you can be alerted to any problems in the home via phone, too.  These functions truly seemed to be an excellent resource for both hearing and deaf families.

I have heard that light flashing security can be added, which is the most common method to alert deaf people that there is something wrong when they are home.  I know that our home ADT system has the extra added carbon monoxide and heat/fire sensors- which are also included in the ADT Pulse.   My favorite feature is that there is an option for a video camera.  I love this option as you can see via webcam who is at your door without opening it up.  If you feel unsafe, then you are able to hit your alarm to alert ADT to send for help.  (And as an FYI- our insurance company deducts from our homeowners insurance for having an ADT system that is hardwired to a central monitoring center.)

There are many cool features added to the ADT Pulse to make our lives easier, which are easily explained on their interactive and fun website- www.ADTPulse.com.

I truly believe that ADT, once again, has continued with their commitment to help ALL families within our communities.  Thank you for reading.

Louise Sattler is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Owner of Signing Families™ and host of the new to launch program- The Louise Sattler Show- Where Learning Meets Laughter (HerInsight Network– Starting Fall 2010).  In addition, she has created many materials regarding sign language instruction for emergencies and healthcare situations.  Available at SigningFamilies.com

Never Forget… the Wisdom of Children

Today is the ninth anniversary of 9/11.  It seems like times stops every year on 9/11 as we reflect as a nation, a world, and as individuals the horrors of the day and the lessons learned. Over the years I have attended many lectures, read books, watched countless hours of documentaries and spoken with hundreds who have all shared and recounted the days event.  Even today I sat among people of a variety of faiths as we came together to make sense of this world that is somehow off kilter with the sole goal to learn from each other and pray- together.

However, through the years I must admit that the people who make the most sense to me are indeed the children.  Nine years ago I asked my Sunday School class to generate an idea to say thank you to the many rescuers who worked tirelessly at Ground Zero.  They decided to make a quilt of written paper messages, woven together with yarn.  The quilt was quite poignant with some messages in other languages, such as Hebrew or Spanish.  One child wrote… “I hope adults learn to play nice with others,someday”.  Others drew pictures of families holding hands.

September 11, 2001 also was the day that a poem was written that struck such a cord with me. It was shortly after 9/11 that I learned about one amazing young man, Mattie Stepanek. I was so awestruck by the wisdom of this child who spoke beyond his years and through his pain of his Muscular Dystrophy.  He wrote the most loving poem I had ever read from a child. And it has been a true privilege for me to get to know and learn more about Mattie from his mom, Jeni. She writes about Mattie and his efforts for peace in her book, MESSENGER. One of the poems that Mattie has left as his true legacy is below for your perusal and is titled, “For Our World”. My favorite portion of this poem reads..

“Stop for a moment.
Before anybody
Says or does anything
That may hurt anyone else.”

Need I say more. Nope.  Children have so much more wisdom than many adults. And because of this I have great hope that we will learn to “play nice with others”.

Here is the poem and please check out Jeni’s book, Messenger on the website dedicated to Mattie’s world and legacy at http://www.MattieOnline.com

FOR OUR WORLD
We need to stop.
Just stop.
Stop for a moment.
Before anybody
Says or does anything
That may hurt anyone else.
We need to be silent.
Just silent.
Silent for a moment.
Before we forever lose
The blessing of songs
That grow in our hearts.
We need to notice.
Just notice.
Notice for a moment.
Before the future slips away
Into ashes and dust of humility.
Stop, be silent, and notice.
In so many ways, we are the same.
Our differences are unique treasures.
We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts
To nurture, to offer, to accept.
We need to be.
Just be.
Be for a moment.
Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,
Like children and lambs,
Never judging or vengeful
Like the judging and vengeful.
And now, let us pray,
Differently, yet together,
Before there is no earth, no life,
No chance for peace.

 

September 11, 2001
© Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek
Used with permission from Hope Through Heartsongs, Hyperion, 2002

Louise Sattler is a School Psychologist, Owner of Signing Families™ and a radio personality.  Look for her new show on the HerInsight media network coming Fall 2010!

Welcome to Changes and How Two Truck Drivers Saved the Day!

September is always a month of transitions.  This year is of no exception.  Within just the past month our family has experienced a wealth of changes.

First this past month we changed from being a family with a working air conditioner to one without.  To change back to a cool air family was possible and in my viewpoint- mandatory.  So, we are now the proud owner of a fairly clean piece of machinery known as Mr. Carrier.

Second, Mr. Carrier must have sent word that we were a really nice house to reside in because we then gave birth to an assortment of other new household items, including our soon to be new family member, Mr. New Roof.  I decided to change the roof tiles from green to grey.  I know you are shuddering at my exciting life right now.

We then decided to drive our son to Michigan State and of course, back home again.  This is the part of the blog when I get to introduce our newest and best friends- the two truck drivers who saved the day.  You see, we didn’t realize that hitting a median at a high speed when you are pushed off the road by an idiot that is texting causes a bent wheel as well as the other parts of the back of the car that makes it go straight.  Lucky for us, the guy driving behind us on I-80 was adamant that we were in a FLC (Funny Looking Car) and motioned for us to pull over.  So, we did at the first stop we could.  A nice truck stop.  Two wonderful drivers of awesome rigs ,who also moonlighted as mechanics, assured us that if we drove fairly slowly (say speed limit) and didn’t attempt any stupid turns, we would arrive home safely.  I was so happy to be given the sacred trucker’s blessing that I offered to buy them coffee and lunch.  Not being of sound mind, I missed the clue of them holding bags full of food and a cup of coffee while talking to us.  (And if you are curious one was hauling paper and another sand for highway repairs!)

So on the week that we celebrate the Jewish Holidays I must relish in the changes that have entered my life.  And acknowledge that even in a truck stop trust can be earned and kindness can be found.

L’Shana Tovah  / Happy New Year

Louise Sattler is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, the owner of Signing Families and a radio personality.  Come tune in soon to her new show on the HerInsight Media network starting this Fall. As always- bring the coffee!

A SUPER SURPRISE from CANSON/ Papershow and ABCTeach.com !!

Anyone who follows my show, Learning and Laughter with Louise! will know that I am passionate and a bit of a zealot when it comes to supporting educators and families.  I even try to make my enthusiasm contagious which is why when people within the educational realm listen and respond to the show, I get really excited.   So, imagine my excitement when two super companies called today saying that they wanted to give unbelievable giveaways during the next couple of weeks! Read below to see who and what is being offered!

First, next Wednesday, August 18th I will be talking to Giulia Giovanelli, Product Manager for the super company- CANSON. They have developed the PAPERSHOW. What is the PAPERSHOW and why did it get my attention?  In essence, the Papershow is a digital writing solution that enables the teacher to instantly display handwritten notes from the paper to the screen.  For a classroom, this is breathrough technology compared to what has been available in the last ten years. A teacher can write from anywhere in the classroom and keep their eyes on the students!  Also, CANSON offers on their website many constructive examples of the application for the Papershow within the classroom.

Papershow is so new it is only  available starting September 2010 for MAC and PC computers!  Connect with PAPERSHOW on FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/papershowus?ref=ts

Here is the GREAT NEWS!  One lucky educator can win the TEACHER’S EDITION STARTER KIT for their classroom (VALUE $249).  Included in this kit is the following:

  • 1 PAPERSHOW Bluetooth® digital pen.
  • 1 Bluetooth® 512 MB USB key containing the PAPERSHOW application.
  • 1 large 128-page interactive book with small squares.
  • 30 sheets of letter interactive printer paper.
  • 1 detachable and interactive EXTRA ruler with colours and calculator.
  • Accessories: 1 binder1 carry case, 1 AAA battery, 3 ballpoint pen refills, and rings to personalise the USB key and pen.

How can you be eligible to win this great prize?

There are three ways you can be eligible to win.  You may leave a comment on all three website to increase your chances to win.  You MUST write why you want to be the winner for this wonderful prize!  (We will use a random service to pick the winner and contact the winner by 9 p.m. August 19th)

First, Leave your comment on my WORDPRESS BLOG as to why you wish to have the PAPERSHOW: http://louisesattler.com/

Second- Leave a comment about why you would love the CANSON PAPERSHOW for your classroom on my Learning and Laughter with Louise! FACEBOOK PAGE- http://www.facebook.com/pages/LEARNING-and-LAUGHTER-with-LOUISE-SATTLER/111990452155127

Third- Leave a comment about why you would love the CANSON  PAPERSHOW for your classroom on my SIGNING FAMILIES™ page- http://www.facebook.com/pages/United-States/SIGNING-FAMILIES/108062343239?ref=ts

Want to see Papershow in action!  Here is the video!

Secondly, meet our generous friends from

I first “met” Sandy Kemsley via a mutual friend, Shara Lawrence-Weiss of MommyPerks.com.   I was happy to be introduced to a “hands on” site for teachers.  I even bought my niece a year subscription for her birthday last year and she was thrilled!  Sandy and I recently were talking about her Wednesday, August 25th segment for Learning and Laughter with Louise! She generously offered not one, not two, but TEN one-year subscriptions to her website- abcteach.com !   Ten lucky winners will be able to use a pleth

ora of online resources to use within their classroom or homeschool environments.  (My favorite section is ABCTools! Here you can create what you need for the classroom setting! WOW! )

How can you win?  Easy shmeezy… go to the links above and tell us why you want the  abcteach subscription.  We will pick FIVE WINNERS on AUGUST 18th and FIVE MORE on AUGUST 26th (9p.m.EST).

Connect with abcteach.com on FACEBOOK here: http://www.facebook.com/abcteach?ref=ts

Questions?  Please feel free to contact me at info@signingfamilies.com

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

Disclaimer- I received no free products for this blog. NADA!

Louise Masin Sattler is a busy psychologist and owner of Signing Families™.  She also is honored to be part of the HerInsight Network Catch her show, Learning and Laughter with Louise! every Wednesday at 9 a.m. EST.  Coffee optional.  Laughing is mandatory.

Laugh with Louise on Twitter as @LouiseASL

Why I Created Sign Language for Emergency Situations- ASL, English and Spanish

It has been about five weeks since the first run of my newest video- Sign Language for Emergency Situations -ASL, English and Spanish appeared at my front door.  I carefully opened the huge boxes and looked at the “zillion” copies that were all over my living room floor.  How funny, that this little DVD carried so much history with it… none which is reflected on the DVD itself or its’ cover.

You see, I first decided to create this DVD on a date that will be easy to remember- Sepember 11, 2001.  It was a date in which many families, including mine, were intimately impacted by the days’ events.  I had a brother and a cousin within sneezing distance of the World Trade Center that day.  I had other relatives and numerous friends who all had Manhattan addresses. I also knew that many deaf individuals resided in NYC and wondered how terrified were they on that fateful and tragic day when communication was minimum at best and fear was at an all time high.

That is the day I decided that I wanted to be part of the communication solution for those in the deaf community.  I know that my brother benefited from the use of a being able to ask questions of others that day as he walked the streets looking for a way to get home.  He was able to assist others with the information he received and be a benefactor of the generosity of total strangers.  He also can hear.

But, what about the people who were not able to communicate during all the flurry of madness.  Pencil and paper was not practical when there was so much happening and the need for safety was tantamount.  If only the emergency response workers knew simple signs such as –  EVACUATE, GO INDOORS,  ARE YOU HURT?,  WHO IS MISSING?,  WHAT IS YOUR NAME? EXPLOSION! DO YOU NEED HELP?

It took me  a long time to wrap my head around the events of 9/11.  But, then it came to me-  I need to develop a DVD to help people who speak two of the four most common languages in the United States get assistance during natural disasters, medical crisis or on a day that is unthinkable ! (Sorry I don’t speak Chinese, the third most common language).  So, with help from my friends, especially Karina Prizont Cowan, I developed Sign Language for Emergency Situations with ASL  and narration in   Spanish and English.  The entire DVD is signed and open captioned – for all to have access.   I queried people who were first responders, students and deaf friends to preview the DVD keeping in mind that the audience would be hearing.  Modifications were made to the video (yep it was a lot longer!).  We also decided to add the Sign Language for Emergency Situations mini-chart that accompanies the DVD as an enclosure.  The last piece was two super endorsements- Alison Rhodes the Safety Mom and Mackenzie Kelly of NORCAL Ambulance.

Then I began to think how can I get my product to people who could it could benefit most.  Twitter, Facebook, friends and good old word of mouth were very effective.  Harris Communications- a large distributor of products for the deaf and hearing community who wish to learn ASL, etc.  hopped on board immediately.   I was so happy to receive many words of encouragement.  Hilary Bilbrey took my DVD to a safety conference and was so kind to give me feedback from the very people who I wanted to reach- emergency personnel!  Dozens of phone calls later I had talked to people from all over the country who wanted to know how to access the product, workshops and more.

Then the most interesting thing happened…. we sold out.  The emergency cards (which we ordered separately and as an enclosure to the DVD) sold out!  Then the DVD started to fly out the door- we have a few of those boxes left- but not too many.

So, on behalf of all those who helped make the tragedy of 9/11 to have a positive outcome via my little company, Signing Families ™-  I thank you.  And, to show that this is just not a business opportunity,  my company will continue to donate a portion of all proceeds to charitable organizations that help children and their families.

Also, note that great things happen when friends help friends-  Alison Rhodes, Hilary Bilbrey and myself will be joining together to be a “safety package”.  We want to help children, families, educators and organizations by providing services,  products and workshops.  If you are interested in learning more please contact me at Info@SigningFamilies.com

To contact Alison Rhodes about her SafetyMom.com consultations please go to http://www.SafetyMom.com

Hilary Bilbrey and her Brecker Bunny Series can be found at http://www.InspiredbyFamily.com

Here is the trailer to the video that is now available:


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