The Signing Families Mini-Emergency Communication Chart – For When Time Counts! (ASL- English – Spanish – Chinese)

 

SIGNING FAMILIES EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION MINI-CHART

This pocket-sized emergency communication chart has FOUR different languages represented. Photos for a dozen important informational signs are in sign language, English, Spanish and Chinese! There is a space for writing with a washable marker allows for efficient communication during challenging situations, such as medical emergencies or disasters. Also, numbers, common symbols (such as for email) and the alphabet is included. This card has a special coating for easy cleaning. This emergency mini – chart has been used by thousands of First Responders and Community Emergency Responder Teams (CERT). Also, valuable for those who work in schools, are involved with service related industries (such as bus drivers, flight attendants, etc.). Restauranteurs and hospitality workers are also using this chart to help customers who are in need of assistance. We offer this chart for those who reside in the United States. Price includes shipping within the USA. Don't want to order via PayPal or don't see a button to order? EMAIL US at the LINK BELOW! Bulk orders needed? EMAIL US! Shipping included, but note: we only ship within the United States. For outside the USA orders – please send an email. Thank you.

$1.49

 

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NOT FOR DUPLICATION

 

To learn more about emergency sign language please go to SigningFamilies.com

 

 

 

 

PEACEABLE KINGDOM, A company to watch with products that amaze!

A fun box of goodies for me to review arrived at my door this week thanks to one company that is definitely “one to watch” … Peaceable Kingdom.  I have been a brand ambassador for this educational company before and have admired their creativity, so my expectations were pretty high with the items in this box.

I was not disappointed. 

Let’s start with the first item that caught my eye… LISTMANIA.  Quite simply, a prompt is given by one person to another (or a group). The goal is to elicit responses for questions such as… How many breakfast foods can you name in 30 seconds?  Things you would want with you at the beach?  And, so on.

This game is a must have for instructors to students who are English as second language learners, or who have reading, language or memory issues.  As a teacher who has taught American Sign Language, I would have loved this game in my classroom. Oh the vocabulary learning that can be done with LISTMANIA!

Need a car game for a long trip? I think you will like this one as it transcends many age groups. 

My favorite aspect about this game is one that really has nothing to do with kids, but with adults.  Quite frankly I can envision a huge application for LISTMANIA to be used with patients who have experienced memory loss or communications issues due to stroke.  Speech and language therapists may find LISTMANIA to be an adjunct component for their strategies for helping patients to elicit speech or language.

Noteworthy is that LISTMANIA won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio BEST TOY AWARD (gold seal and all!) The price point is a very reasonable $9.99 on the Peaceable Kingdom website. 

Now back to the items in my “goodie” box.  The second set were “way cool” POSTCARDS for kids to send from camp, pen pals or keep in touch with family and friends.  The dozen cards come with stickers and are bright and cheerful.

One set reminded me of emojis – which got me laughing for quite some time.  At $5.99 a packet, they would make great “summer camp box gifts” for your kids or someone special.  And, unlike “regular” postcards – these are quite durable!  I think these won’t last long – so here is how to order.

Attention Therapists and Teachers! I LOVE the MY MEANINGFUL LIFE JOURNAL!

Have to admit that this nifty journal is packed full of ingenious activities. Here is the secret, it is not just for kids! In fact, I typically donate items I receive to review. This one is so engaging that I may just keep it – as it is shouting for my inner-child to re-surface!

The book of “Self-Discovery” is a 10/10!  This is an excellent product that can be for just for fun or to jumpstart some real tough conversations.

Seriously, during my days as a school based Psychologist, I  would have bought My Meaningful Life Journal by the dozens to have for psycho-therapy sessions with my young clients.  Price point is very user friendly – $15.99 

Caveat: If you are looking for a journal with a “lighter” theme – check out “The Best Ever Fun-Filled Summer Camp Journal”.  (Just for girls).

And, if you are making a “care box” for kids or soon to be college freshman, consider adding the bright and fun deck of cards that were so cheerful but I really want to use them for my next poker night!

To recap – Peaceable Kingdom is not your typical toy company and these products are not just for kids’ routine play.  As a Psychologist, I see so many  applications for these “learning tools” from helping children through emotional challenges, to adults who have memory, speech or mobility problems. When a company makes products that cross-over age groups and application – I know they are “one to watch”.

Closing thoughts… Peaceable Kingdom products are available WHOLESALE ( PTA’s, School districts and camp directors, click here.  And, note that there are opportunities for school or organization fundraising.

Disclaimer: As I said earlier,  and an educator I am a brand ambassador for Peaceable Kingdom as I received product for this review.

5 Tips to Learning Sign Language – videos included

Sign language is popular!  Why? Because, this past year, Deaf actor, dancer and model – Nyle DiMarco not only took top honors as America’s Next Top Model, but also won with partner, Peta Murgatroyd, Dancing with the Stars  !   An amazing feat!

It was exciting to see how Nyle seamlessly weaved his world of ASL with dance.  Moreover, his enthusiasm for sign language has had a serious trickle down effect – as many hearing people now are motivated to learn this beautiful visual language.

Related: See the dances and scores from #DWTS here

If you are a person who would love to learn the basics of sign language, but don’t know where to start – let me help! I put together a series of videos now available on my YouTube channel and just added my 5 TIPS to LEARNING SIGN LANGUAGE (also posted below).

Shamelessly, I will add here that you will find resources, free videos and downloadable sign language images on my website – SIGNING FAMILIES.

Before I end this blog with the 5 Tips for Learning Sign Language videos,  I want to publicly thank Nyle for all he does to promote ASL in our communities and for advocating for Deaf children and bilingualism. BRAVO!

See an important video about Nyle’s Foundation

Get your fingers “warmed up”… here come my 5 tips for learning sign language!

TIP #1 :  Learn 5 NEW signs daily!

 

Tip #2 – PRACTICE! EVERY SINGLE DAY!

 

TIP #3 – Learn from native ASL users – Deaf signers!

 

TIP #4 – Sign what you see!

 

TIP #5 – We all make mistakes!

 

 

 

TEN SIGNS for NEW ASL LEARNERS (Free download)

Happy Holidays!

As a present from me to YOU please find in this blog a FREE download of my 10 FAVORITE SIGNS intended for beginner or  novice sign language learners.  The ASL photography are for sharing and printing.

**  FREE DOWNLOAD  – Click the link below **

SIGNING FAMILIES – 10 Favorite Signs

The same signs found in the downloadable document also are included in these open captioned sign language videos from my YouTube Channel (Please go check out my channel and many other sign language videos!).

 

Coming soon – ASL videos to learn signs for travel!

Travel Sign Language - coming soon

Each year Signing Families, the company I founded nearly a decade ago, adds new videos to our free online catalog available on YouTube.   This year we are creating more sign language videos dedicated to the topic of travel!  Learn signs for countries, ways to travel and more! 

This series of videos will be focused on helping novice and intermediate sign language learners acquire basic vocabulary. Also, intended for those in hospitality management who may wish to learn how to communicate with Deaf patrons.

In addition, we will add information about Deaf travel opportunities. (Did you know that there are specific tour companies dedicated to travel with Deaf clientele?)

If you have a Deaf owned travel company or any other suggestions about this series- please comment below!

Thanks!

~Louise

Dear Burlington County Times,

I wanted to write this blog as a way to say thank you for posting the recent letter to the editor titled, “Signing Specialists are a Distraction”.  Not only was your post from Mr. Muccolini a real “discussion starter” about the role of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, but also generated thoughts about all the rights we have as Americans.

You see by posting Mr. Muccolini’s rant, albeit in my opinion narrow minded and a few other choice adjectives, it demonstrated that we have an amazing right  in the United States for freedom of speech.  This right has been one of the backbones of our country and often valued above others.  Blood has been shed to uphold this freedom and I for one am thankful for the right to speak my mind.

I also thank you for the opportunity to shine a spotlight on another set of rights known as  the American Disabilities Act aka ADA. (Please go here to fully see them outlined)  Ahhhh…. this is where I get to be an educator and discuss how important these rights are for ALL.  It seems perfectly logical that the right to information meant  for the general public is one equally valued and needed by both hearing and deaf.  So, I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around anyone who suggests that the right to a sign language interpreter, used to ensure equal access of pertinent safety information,  is a “distraction”.

In fact, I challenge any hearing person who doubts the value of the ADA laws to walk around with noise cancellation ear muffs and see how much of what is being said  can be understood.  Accept my challenge for an hour, a day,  or a week.  Were you feeling “left out”, “ignored”, “uninformed”, etc?  Perhaps after this exercise it will seem as clear as crystal why the Deaf may need to have access to interpreters.  And, do note that not all people with hearing challenges require the same accommodations.  Just as those with visual acuity problems don’t require the same extent of corrective lenses, etc.

Next  I offer to  people who think that “sign specialists” are nothing more than a nuisance another  challenge to learn about the hard work it takes to become a certified interpreter. In fact, it requires just as much college experience to be a certified ASL interpreter as it does to become a chemical engineer.  A four year degree and several exams later this “sign specialist” is allowed to “leave the box” and be a conduit of information for those who need this assistance. (Learn more about sign language  interpreters here at RID – the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

And, I challenge those who doubt the effectiveness and need for ASL interpreters to chat with those who needed them when their lives were disrupted by disasters.  These victims of disasters are in towns all around America.  In Joplin, Missouri, throughout Oklahoma, Northern California, and even near Burlington. Remember Superstorm Sandy?   It is because of ADA laws that interpreters can be readily available to any of our  community members who need their service. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that some people who are hearing, but have some communication challenges, may also require the assistance of an interpreter to facilitate communication.

You see, this is my field of expertise – helping build communication bridges between community members, including emergency responders, and those who use sign language as their primary language.  I have seen the faces of those who are thankful for  interpreters who have helped in the aftermath of a disaster. These interpreters often leave their own families to help others. They should be applauded for their dedication and commitment.

Why as a hearing woman do I write this note to you?  First understand that I proudly sit on several committees that help with disaster preparedness and response for those with access and functional needs. It is my passion to do so.  I welcome an opportunity to share educational resources with those who are in need of some enlightenment about the reasons why ASL interpreters are essential to our communities.  After all, ASL is in the top five of the most used languages in the United States.

Thank you for reminding us that our rights as Americans are to be treasured and that we still have so much to learn as a country about equality.

Lastly, thank you for allowing me to exercise my right to freedom of speech.

Respectfully submitted,

Louise Masin Sattler, Nationally Certified School Psychologist

SigningFamilies.com

Learn the ASL Alphabet via Fun Word Search Puzzles!

Looking for a fun AND educational gift this holiday season?  Try this series of FINGER ALPHABET COOL KIDS WORD SEARCH PUZZLES.   I received a set to review this week and must admit they are indeed creative and enjoyable!  Note that the puzzle books are marked by levels and type of words- such as Verbs or Adjectives.  Great for beginning ASL classes.

To learn more I would recommend clicking to AMAZON where they are sold for around $8 per book.

First week of the ASL Challenge

Have you joined the SIGNING FAMILIES 31 DAYS ASL CHALLENGE on YouTube?!  Each day during the month of October 2014 –  I am uploading sign language videos for easy learning.

Here are this weeks signs and a video of #5 – FAMILY

 

In case you missed them here are the other signed videos from the first week of the ASL CHALLENGE!

MORE

WANT

FINISH

TO SIGN

EAT

DRINK

FAMILY

 

 

Will you accept the ASL CHALLENGE?

Starting tomorrow, October 1st,  I will be hosting a 31 days, 31 ASL CHALLENGE on  YouTube.     It is my goal to teach people FREE how to communicate using basic sign language.   The signs will be geared for daily living and school terminology with a sprinkle of signs in the event of a disaster or medical emergency.  Sign language has traditionally been considered only used within the Deaf community. However, more and more children and adults with Autism and Down Syndrome are now learning sign for communication, too!  So many reason to learn!

Where to start?

First, set aside up to five minutes a day to learn some basic sign language and practice! If you subscribe to my Youtube channel you will receive reminders every time a new video is uploaded.  Secondly, if you are so inclined, please share these one minute videos with others. And lastly,  enjoy the journey of learning this visual language.

Learn more on FACEBOOK, SIGNING FAMILIES and of course, on my TWITTER stream.

 

 

What are you doing October 16th at 10:16 a.m.?

dropcoverholdon_re On October 16th at 10:16 in the morning, I will be joining the  9.2 million Californians and 19 million worldwide (and counting) individuals who are planning on stopping EVERYTHING to participate in the SHAKE OUT earthquake and tsunami drill!

RegistrationShakeOut_Global_JoinUs_300x250  is EASY and the whole drill only takes a few minutes.

WOW – five minutes to practice how to be safe when a disaster strikes!

And, for you non-west coast folks – don’t think that earthquakes are just “our thing”.  If memory recalls correctly – one of the most recent earthquakes of a magnitude greater than 5.0 in the United States happened in Virginia!

Here is the PSA I made in sign language with open captions to help keep everyone safe, including those in our Deaf and HOH communities!

 

graphics from ShakeOut.org