ASL Holiday Signs

On behalf of SIGNING FAMILIES we wish all a happy holiday season!

  Below you will find in our  slideshow  some common holiday words in American Sign Language (ASL)   For more information about sign language or to learn how to sign – please visit our website or our FACEBOOK  page where nearly 5000 people visit and share.   We also have many of our videos on YouTube for your enjoyment!

Have a safe, joyous, healthy and wonderful holiday season!


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Have an ASL Mother’s Day!

It seemed only appropriate that I honor Mom’s everywhere by sharing some of my favorite photos of Signing Families kid models demonstrating signs for MOM/MOMMY/ MOTHER, LOVE/ I LOVE YOU and CARE/ CARING/ TAKE CARE.

To learn more sign language please visit YouTube and Ustream for our SIGNING FAMILIES free access videos.

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Talent Agents and Young Performers – the “411”



◊  Today I was lucky to have interviewed on radio Danette Linicomn from The Liniocomn Agency.  She hails from Dallas and represents all ages and sizes. We really clicked!  She shared some sage advice which should be considered essential by any parent who has a child interested in the acting profession.  I  am happy to share it with you and also some great resource links below.

Here are some great suggestions:

1- Be careful for what you pay for.  The classes sound great, the commercials sound promising, but no one can guarantee that your child will make it in “show biz”- no one.

2- Be prepared.  Having a child actor is work for the whole family.  It also can be expensive and time consuming. Headshots, resume services and acting classes all cost money.  And when you are with your child at an audition or on the set, chances are your work productivity is compromised, too.  So, be aware and be prepared.

3- Danette recommends that only franchised and registered Talent Agents represent your child.  If they are not licensed or in franchised then it is possible that they are a “scam” or worse.  Be an educated and cautious consumer.

4- Education is important, including for working actors. Although many working actors are schooled on sets or within their homes. This is a personal choice.         

5- Actors come in all sizes and shapes.  Danette indicated that many casting directors now want “real people” which is why she has a REEL  department in her agency. (Submissions welcome )

6- Deaf actors and those who are fluent signers are sought after, as well. Danette will be joining forces with an LA agency that specializes with representing talent who have unique language abilities or special needs. (Addison Witt  Talent Agency)

7- Voiceover talent can make a living, however, this is a crowded field and many don’t  last long in this niche market.

Here are some excellent resources for parents of working actors to peruse and become informed.



 Note: The children in the photo above are all working actors who have been American Sign Language (ASL) models in video and print for my company SIGNING FAMILIES™   .  They are NOT represented by the the Linicomn Agency .   However, they do  show that acting kids come in all sizes and shapes!    

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Rosetta Stone Homeschool English Program Shines as a Language Acquisition Product for Deaf and Autistic Children!

As a special educator I often am requested to write blogs or answer questions on websites such as  Typically, the questions I receive are from parents who are looking for tangible ways to promote the general development of their child with special needs.  The two most sought after domains for information are communication and social skills. It became apparent that I needed to delve further in to research as to what affordable products and programs were available to parents, especially those who opted to teach their child at home. This is why I connected with Rosetta Stone to preview their Homeschool English edition and I was glad I did!

I decided to go through the Rosetta Stone English – Level One series twice. First time I did not use the sound nor the speech simulation aspects of the kit. I wanted to experience this language program from the perspective of a deaf individual.  Now while I recognize that I could never truly duplicate a deaf person’s experience, it helped me to try. To the credit of Rosetta Stone the program had great visual aspects and clear and concise language acquisition modules.  Without the sound or speech replication, one could learn a lot about English grammatical components as there was a continual flow of text/ captions. Note: research has demonstrated that some deaf children who use ASL as their primary language do experience difficulties with writing as ASL is based on syntactical concepts that are not “English”. (And actually are closer to French.) Thus, this program could prove to be a great tool for a deaf child regarding the development of their reading and writing skills!

Now the program was not absolutely “perfect” from the “deaf perspective” however, in my opinion – nearly so.  Only a few times, did the lack of expressive language skills trip up my “grade”.  Overall, as I have indicated,  I think this would be a great addition to primary level deaf education programs, especially grades 2-5.  It also could help with any child who is undergoing speech therapy, such as those with a cochlear implant.

Now for my take on my second experience delving in to the Rosetta Stone Homeschool English Edition. This second time I worked through the program and decided to keep the sound and speech elements in tact.  I wanted to experience the program as if I was home educated and with learning challenges, such as Autism.  I paid special attention to the social story components and the photography.  I must say that Rosetta Stone has created an exceptional product for special needs populations. The photos were excellent.  The kind that is needed to  grab a student’s interest when attending can be difficult. The design of the content was engaging and beautifully demonstrated how people work through every day social situations by providing models and scenarios that could be used as effective learning strategies for socialization. Two examples included how one could greet a stranger or learn to  interact appropriately within a group setting. It would seem very reasonable that the Rosetta Stone program could assist a child on the Autism spectrum to learn how to integrate key socialization concepts and vocabulary needed to engage with others in their own lives.

There are many aspects of this comprehensive series that made it “hands down” the best on the market, in my humble opinion.  However, I would make some minor additions and adaptations to the supplemental materials (e.g. parent guide, student workbook, etc.) and the program itself for children with learning challenges and sensitivity issues. I would be happy to discuss these with Rosetta Stone, if they wish.

Lastly, I saw on Rosetta Stone’s website that homeschool educators gave the Homeschool English Edition a score of 4.8 out of 5.  I would have to agree! This program has proven to be par excellence for language acquisition across ages and needs.  As for the price, some may balk, but if you look at other quality homeschool and special education materials you will see that Rosetta Stone is right in line with most and well worth the price.

For more information about Rosetta Stone Homeschool Program go HERE:

Note: I received no monies for this review.  Only Rosetta Stone product to experience for myself and share with all of you.  Thanks for reading!


Summertime Learning for ADULTS!

Today as I am writing this post it is a hot (95 degrees) and humid (90%) day in the greater Washington D.C. area.  Don’t make any mistake in thinking that this is a “dry heat”.  So, I am especially grateful to Willis Haviland Carrier, who purportedly invented the air conditioner.  This little piece of trivia is new to me and I will add it to the list of “things” I learned during 2011.

I was raised in a home where education ruled supreme.  And after watching and reading commentary about   OPRAH‘s tribute to her by the Moorehouse University graduates who she supported, I gather that we were not the only ones.  But, if there is one thing I know for sure- it is that one should never stop learning or you just mentally wilt.    (You can watch Oprah’s surprise here)

So, here is my list of things that I want to learn the Summer of 2011.  (And add yours to the comments below!)

1- Zumba.  Yes, I want to learn more about this form of dance. Would love to hear from others who have tried this dance and exercise form.

2-  Learn about HTML. That is a computer term and program “thing” – for those who may need to brush up on it, like me.

3– Read more.  I want to read about a random topic.  I haven’t picked it out – yet.  That will take a trip to the library. And thank the goodness we still have libraries!

4. Learn how to play Mahjong.

and lastly… 5.  Learn more about how to operate my “fancy” camera.

TAG – YOU’RE IT!  What will you learn this Summer?



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Missed my debut radio segment which airs during the 411 Voices- Arts, Entertainment and the Business of it ALL! show?  I was privileged to interview Talent Manager, Susan Ferris from the Bohemia Group.  Here is the audio-  Listen Here

Want to learn American Sign Language later this Summer?  SIGNING FAMILIES will be offering ONLINE COURSES starting August 2011.  Here is what we will be rolling out…

Just for Kids– a basic sign class geared for kids and taught by kids!

Just the Basics- A Sign Class for anyone who wishes to learn, with emphasis on those who are in the hospitality, restaurant, vacation attractions, hotel and business industries.

Adaptive/ Functional Sign Language A course designed to teach children, their families and educators within the special education communities.

Sign language for medical and dental personnel. 


Disaster ASL Signs

Fans of SIGNING FAMILIES™ connected with me today.  They asked for me to post disaster related signs to assist those who were impacted by recent tornados, flooding and other weather related damage.  Of course we will be happy to upload ASL, English and Spanish photos to help First Responders in states such as Alabama and Mississippi assist those who use sign language or Spanish as their primary mode for communication.

Here are the signs in a slideshow presentation.

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For more information about SIGNING FAMILIES and our DISASTER PREPAREDNESS and ASL PROGRAMS please go  CLICK HERE