Black Bear Healing Home’s fingerspelled alphabet poster is now available here on our website for free! You are welcome to print this image and use it. If you need a PDF version which is sized to print on normal computer paper, please email Lisa at Lisa@blackbearhealinghome.com
Printed versions of this poster are given out to all of our baby sign language students. Contact us today to book your first class!
Learn baby sign language online from the comfort of anywhere – including your own home! Lisa uses games, books, and songs to teach you everything you need to know to start signing with your baby. This course is offered on a sliding scale of $50-$200 (pay what you can).
Class 1: basic everyday signs
Class 2: manners, feelings, and playtime
Class 3: behaviour requests
Class 4: numbers, colours, and shapes
Class 5: animals and food
Classes are approximately 45 minutes each. Children are always welcome at any of our classes. However, we teach you how to teach your child in your daily life at home, and so our classes are geared towards adults.
Included in this course is the manual ‘100 Signs for Parents’ from DawnSignPress, a fingerspelled alphabet poster, and a beautiful Black Bear Healing Home fridge poster of 6 basic signs for parents. Hang it on your fridge, and every time you see it you will be reminded to keep signing! Gift certificates are also available, and these gorgeous gift cards make excellent baby shower gifts.
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new gift certificates. These gift cards can be used towards any of our services, including our prenatal ASL workshop and our baby sign language classes. For a complete description of our services, click here.
These gift certificates make great baby shower gifts. They can be purchased directly from Lisa, or at Carousel in downtown Carleton Place.
This 45 minute workshop for pregnant people will introduce you to sign language. Research has shown that teaching your baby sign language will improve cognitive and emotional development. Signing from birth is doable, and this workshop will teach you how. We’ll cover the ASL signs that will get you started and discuss how to create an ASL routine with your baby. You’ll come away with specific strategies that you can use as soon as your baby is born. You’ll also be provided with resources to take home.
Lisa provided ASL services to a home daycare provider. Check out these kind words from Carolyn:
How many ASL teachers does it take to teach a Newfie ASL? One, if her name is Lisa Garrett, this girl had the patience of a saint, she is the kindest, most patient person I have ever met. My fingers wouldn’t stay or go where they were suppose to, my favourite sign is “again”, And Lisa would do it again and again, making sure I got it. Lisa is also very passionate about ASL and you can tell the moment you meet her. Thank you so much and I wish you the best of luck, Lisa.
Black Bear Healing Home is pleased to announce that Lisa is now a certified instructor with My Smart Hands. She will be teaching ASL classes to babies and their caregivers throughout Lanark County. The first session of classes will be held in Carleton Place. Stay tuned for dates.
Check out this video to see a signing baby in action.
My Smart Hands classes use 100% American Sign Language and include a signing manual for you to take home. Sign language allows babies to communicate with you, reducing your frustration and theirs. When your baby signs their first sign to you and you know exactly what it is they want, you will be amazed. Signing with your baby can provide a bonding experience that needs to be felt in order to be believed. ASL is also a language, and using American Sign Language with your baby means that you are giving your hearing child the gift of an additional language. Signing is for everyone! Sign early and sign often.
If you would like to be added to the ongoing wait list, phone Lisa at 613-558-3199 or email Lisa@BlackBearHealingHome.com.
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