Signing with Little People!

table ASL

This picture is from the CROW playgroup held at the arena in Carleton Place. You can read more about Black Bear Healing Home’s involvement with Children’s Resources on Wheels (CROW)’s free playgroup here. Lisa is no longer attending all of the Thursday morning playgroups. However, if you are a Deaf parent or caregiver and / or you care for a Deaf child, then Lisa is available to attend playgroups upon request. This is a free ASL interpreting service intended for conversational purposes. Lisa also interprets the nursery rhymes and stories during circle time. Free CROW playgroups are held in Carleton Place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.

If you have any questions about this service then you can contact Lisa by phone or text at 613-558-3199 or by email at Lisa@BlackBearHealingHome.com

In this picture Lisa is signing TABLE with Abigail and Avery. To see a video of the sign TABLE, check out the amazing website and free online dictionary HandSpeak. This dictionary entry includes the sign Lisa is using as well as an older generational variation of a sign with the same meaning.

Announcing New Partnership Between CROW and BBHH

***Please note that after December Black Bear Healing Home will not be attending all of the Thursday morning CROW playgroups. Click here for a complete listing of their ongoing playgroups. To find out about our free ASL interpreting service called Signing with Little People! you can click on over to our services page!***

Black Bear Healing Home and Children’s Resources on Wheels (CROW) have created a new partnership!

CROW is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening child care, family life, child development, and community links in Lanark County. One of the services they provide are playgroups throughout Lanark County for children and their caregivers. This includes free weekly playgroups in Carleton Place.

Lisa attends the Thursday morning playgroup at the Carleton Place arena from 9:30 to 11:30 in order to provide ASL instruction to children and their caregivers. This includes playing and signing with children at the different play centers and being available to answer caregivers’ questions about signing at home. Lisa also offers ASL interpretation for the musical circle time at the end of playgroup.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Lisa can be reached by email at Lisa@BlackBearHealingHome.com or by phone and text at 613-558-3199.

Sign and Swing! on July 30

On Saturday, July 30 Black Bear Healing Home will be hosting the next free session of Sign and Swing! from 6pm-7pm at The Yellow Park in Carleton Place (intersection of Bridge Street and Thomas Street).

ASL Circle Time will begin at 6:15pm. We’ll start by reading Growing Vegetable Soup, written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert.

Growing Vegetable Soup

We’ll practice our colours in ASL, and sign the nursery rhyme “Ten in the Bed.” After that there will be time for questions and discussion on the topic of ASL and signing at home. And of course the swings, play structure, and large open space will be available for free play before and after the workshop (and during, for those who prefer swinging to signing).

Weather permitting… it’s just too hard to read a book in the rain! If you’re wondering whether or not the group will be running, you can call or text Lisa at 613-558-3199. Cancellations will also be posted on Black Bear Healing Home’s blog.

All ages, all ASL levels, all welcome. Hope to see you there!

Sign and Swing! on July 23

On Saturday, July 23 Black Bear Healing Home will be hosting the next free session of Sign and Swing! from 6pm-7pm at The Yellow Park in Carleton Place (intersection of Bridge Street and Thomas Street).

ASL Circle Time will begin at 6:15pm. We’ll start by reading Milk and Cookies, a story about a young bear who visits his grandparents, sees dragons in the night, and eats milk and cookies.Milk and cookies a Frank Asch Bear Story

We’ll sign Old MacDonald Had a Farm and learn some farm animal signs. Then we’ll practice signing our numbers from 1 to 20. After that there will be time for questions and discussion on the topic of ASL and signing at home. And of course the swings, play structure, and large open space will be available for free play before and after the workshop (and during, for those who prefer swinging to signing).

Weather permitting… it’s just too hard to read a book in the rain! If you’re wondering whether or not the group will be running, you can call or text Lisa at 613-558-3199. Cancellations will also be posted on Black Bear Healing Home’s blog.

All ages, all ASL levels, all welcome. Hope to see you there!

Our first free session of Sign and Swing! is July 9

Have you heard about Sign and Swing!? The first free session is this Saturday July 9 from 6pm-7pm in Carleton Place. Here’s a link with all of the info you need to know: Announcing the Launch of Sign and Swing!

For our first ASL circle time we’ll be reading the gorgeous children’s book Ten Little Caterpillars, written by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. Look at the pictures, watch Lisa sign the story, and experience an immersive ASL environment. All ages and all welcome!

ten little caterpillars

We’ll also sign the first verse of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star together and practice a few ASL words of the week. Then we will have an open discussion time for those who want to start signing at home. Share your experience and learn from others. Bring your questions and your advice, and any park toys you might want to share for the evening.

Hope to see you on Saturday! If you have any concerns you can reach Lisa at Lisa@BlackBearHealingHome.com or 613-558-3199 (text and phone).

Announcing the Launch of Sign and Swing!

ASLJoin Black Bear Healing Home for Sign and Swing! All ages. No registration required.

6:15pm – ASL Circle Time
ASL picture book. ASL nursery rhyme. ASL words of the week.

6:30pm – Intro to Using ASL with Your Baby
What is ASL? How do I start signing? Time for questions and discussion.

Dates: July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30
Time: 6pm-7pm
Where: The Yellow Park, intersection of Thomas St. and Bridge St. in Carleton Place
Who: All ages, all ASL levels, all welcome
Cost: Free!

Lessons will be held under the apple tree.
Learners can sit and sign or play and swing!

For questions contact Lisa by text or phone at 613-558-3199 or by email at Lisa@BlackBearHealingHome.com

 

Creating Actionable Research on Sexualized Violence

This summer, Black Bear Healing Home will be completing a cross-Canada research project on the issue of sexualized violence. This will entail surveying Canadian universities in order to find out the services and supports that exist for survivors of sexualized violence on various campuses.

The research project is being funded by Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG). NSPIRG is based out of Dalhousie University, and focuses on social justice research, education, and action. The goal for this particular project is to create an action-focused research report on services at Canadian universities for survivors of sexualized violence. This will allow NSPIRG to determine what specific action steps to take to enhance current services at Dalhousie, and how to go about creating effective new services.

Some examples of on-campus supports that BBHH will research include trauma-informed counselling services, training models for residential and security staff, and orientation sessions for incoming students.

Lisa will be phoning people at various on-campus offices over the next few months to discuss services. After researching existing training models and policies, she will create a short report, highlighting actionable suggestions that NSPIRG can work toward implementing at Dalhousie University. To keep updated about this project, you can email Lisa at Lisa@BlackBearHealingHome.com

Learn Anishinaabemowin!

Come join us for Learn Anishinaabemowin!

This will be a craft-based, experiential learning group. New words will be introduced each week, along with a fun activity in a healthy group environment.

Free, all ages, everyone welcome. Learn skills and have fun!

 

April 21: DIY tobacco ties – all materials provided

April 28: Embroidery 101 – bring your own project, or come and learn some basic stitches

May 5: Seed starting – containers, seeds, and soil provided

May 12: Friendship bracelets – thread and beads provided

 

Classes will be held in Carleton Place at the Carambeck Community Centre on Tuesdays from 3pm-4pm. This is an accessible building with a gender-neutral bathroom.

If you have any questions, contact Lisa at Lisa@blackbearhealinghome.com.

Hope to see you there!