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.
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
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.
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!
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 timewe’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!
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).