We use songs, play, movement and strategy sessions in EVERY class to teach families HOW TO:
sign effectively during the day
create intimate and meaningful interactions
support language understanding
support spoken language development
sign language in play
Your baby is a beautiful, bright light. And she has so much to tell you!
Imagine you wake with a start at 3 am, your baby is crying. AGAIN. And you don't know what the problem is. If only you could figure it out.
And you CAN - through sign language.
If your baby’s ear hurts, he can tell you.
If your baby is hungry, or wet, or tired, or just wants a HUG...
She can tell you!
Hi! I’m Christina and I love teaching new parents how to use American Sign Language signs to give their babies a voice, promote bonding, connection, calmness and joy.
How do I do this? Through playful classes that engage little ones while teaching grownups how to use ASL signs to give their babies and toddlers a way to communicate before they can speak clearly. Sign Language in Play gives your baby a way to COMMUNICATE!
I bring over 20 years of teaching experience, and expertise in the area of child language development to all of my classes. Each class includes educational conversations about infant and toddler development to make sure you feel confident with the “how to” of signing and what to expect from your baby developmentally.
We tackle topics like:
"How many and which signs should I use?"
"How do I get my baby to pay attention to my words and signs?"
"My baby isn't talking yet, is that normal?"
“How many and which signs should I start with?”
"When will my baby start babbling?"
And so much more!
All of this while playing, singing, and spending meaningful time with your baby and other families in what might just become your favorite 45 minutes of the week!
Come let us show you how FUN and rewarding signing with your baby can be!
Thorough introduction to the basics designed for busy families
meets 2x, 45-1 hr each class, ages 6mo+
Week 1 Learn the benefits of signing with baby and how to get started (how many signs, what types, etc).
Week 2 Learn strategies for incorporating signs into daily life and check in / troubleshoot following the first week of class.
Families learn 40+ signs for daily routines and play time
**This class is currently being booked for private groups only**
Weekly classes. Families come together weekly to learn signs, strategies, get support and have FUN! Series classes get you started and keep you going on your signing journey. True story: many families even end up repeating classes 2-3 times just for fun!
Series A: Start Signing with Success!
*this is the class most families begin with, the Beginner Basics is NOT a pre-requisite for this class*
ages 5/6 mos+
Signs: meal time, play-time, daily routine, early animals and more
Strategies: Learn how to: sign effectively and meaningfully, enhance language development, recognize first signs, encourage baby to sign back, help baby to notice signs and more.
Learn 80+ signs
Series B: Signs for Early Learning
*pre-requisite completion of Series A and 10mos+
Signs: outside, farm animals, opposites, family and more
Strategies: Learn how to use signing to further interactions and support understanding
Learn 80+ signs
Series C: Advanced/Abstract Concepts
*pre-req completion of Series A and 10mos+
Signs: transportation, emotions, colors and more
Strategies: Using signs for advanced concepts and furthering language
Learn 80+ signs
We will bring our classes to your mom's group or play group!
Private classes are a fun and meaningful way come together with friends each week.
* SERIES classes above: 6+ families, $100/family, 1x/week for 6 weeks, 45mins/class
* BEGINNER BASICS: 6+ families, $40/family, meets 2x for ~1hr/class
(contact us for pricing for smaller groups)
Contact us for pricing outside of the Portland metro area.