Online Baby Sign Language Course Now Available

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 + the alphabet
  • Class 2: manners, feelings, and playtime
  • Class 3: behaviour requests + DIY fingerplays
  • Class 4: numbers, colours, and shapes + potty time
  • Class 5: family, animals, and the great outdoors

Classes are approximately 45 minutes each, and children are always welcome. If you’d prefer to take the class during baby’s nap-time, that’s fine, too!

Included in this course is the manual ‘100 Signs for Parents’ from DawnSignPress, a fingerspelled alphabet poster, an illustrated poster of 6 basic signs for parents, and a Black Bear Healing Home poster of 30 every day signs to use at home. Hang these posters on your fridge, and every time you see them you will be reminded to keep signing! Gift certificates are also available, and these beautiful gift cards make excellent baby shower gifts.

Contact Lisa today to set up a private online class at a time that works for you: 613-558-3199 (phone/text) or

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

Announcing Baby Sign Language Classes


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

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

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!

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 or 613-558-3199 (text and phone).

Announcing the Launch of Sign and Swing!

Join 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