Now Accepting Applications for Deaf Storyteller

Black Bear Healing Home is pleased to announce that we are hiring an independent contractor to work as our Deaf Storyteller in Ottawa. Please see below for more info.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact us. To apply you can email Lisa a video introducing yourself. We welcome all applicants. Priority will be given to 2SLGBTQ+ people and/or BIPOC people. If you would like to be considered under our hiring priorities policy, please self-identify in your application.

UPDATE: This position has been filled.

Group Classes at the Carleton Place Public Library

Earlier this spring, Lisa had the pleasure of running a sign language for babies course for the Carleton Place Public Library. For 5 weeks, she met with a group of parents and their babies on Zoom for 45 minutes. Using books, games, and songs, Lisa taught the group how to get started using ASL with their children.

Heidi Sinnett, the Children’s Librarian, had this to say:

Each session was creative, easy to understand, and allowed everyone time to master the skills they felt would be most useful to their home environment.

To read all of Heidi’s kind words, click through to What Our Clients Say. Working with the library’s families was so much fun!

If you would like Lisa to run a program for your library or community organization, please contact us! Classes can be done live online, or in person. For questions or to schedule a session, please email or call or text 613-558-3199.

Sign Language for Littles Online Workshop

This class is now being taught quarterly.

To register for the next class, head on over to the Birthsmarter website.

Join Lisa and Simone Edwards-Forde on January 16th for this one-hour interactive class on using ASL to boost communication in the first two years of life.

Poster for our Zoom-based "Sign Language for Littles" class.
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Free Fingerspelled Alphabet Poster

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

Printed versions of this poster are given out to all of our sign language for babies students.

Contact us today to book your first class!

Screenshot of the fingerspelled alphabet poster created by Black Bear Signing for Babies.

Sign Language for Babies Course Now Available

Learn how to teach your baby sign language. Online from the comfort of anywhere – including your own home! In person classes are also available locally.

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).

Mother and baby signing together
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BBHH Gift Certificates Now Available


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 sign language for babies 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.

Prenatal Sign Language Workshop

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.

Our prenatal ASL workshop is $20 and gift certificates are available. Makes a great baby shower gift! Contact us to book a session by email at or by phone and text at 613-558-3199.

prenatal baby sign language

Free Sign Language for babies Course in Carleton Place

baby ASL eat love more sleep

Reduce frustration and jump-start communication! Join Lisa in Carleton Place at Under Pressure Coffee House and teach your baby how to sign.

October 29 and November 5, 12, and 19 from 10:15 am to 11 am. Registration required.

Email to register or with questions

Client Testimonial

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.

Carolyn Wheaton-Roy