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
Play-based (yes, that means FUN! - music, movement, bubbles and so much more) classes that teach moms, dads, nannies, and caregivers like you how to use American Sign Language (ASL) signs to answer that one question ALL parents wonder about at one time or another:
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 each week 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.
Classes are designed and taught by Christina Schabow, a Speech-Language Pathologist and mama of two.
How does Christina's background in speech therapy come into play?
Christina's education and experience mean that she is highly trained in infant and toddler language development. And she has so much experience (close to 20 years!) teaching families how to support their littlest learners in using and understanding language.
She includes language development tidbits in all of her classes and can frequently be overheard answering families' questions:
"My baby isn't talking yet, is that normal?"
"How do I get her to pay attention to my words and signs?"
"When will my baby start babbling more?"
Questions like this are just the tip of the iceberg of things Christina can offer coaching support with during class!