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Sign Language Instructors in Canada
Sign Language Instructors in Canada
*Specializing in teaching infants, toddlers, older children & their families*
Alberta - Calgary
Baby Can Sign® - Tricia Davis, M.A. CCC-Audiology
CLASSES: Four, hour-long, fun and interactive classes for parents and their infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Over 80 ASL signs are taught along with songs and nursery rhymes to enjoy with your child. One & one-half hour workshops are a great way to learn the very basic signs to get started signing.
Tricia is a certified audiologist with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She's worked at Foothills Hospital, the Calgary Board of Education (CBE), and also at health centres in Ontario. For 3 years while at CBE, she used American Sign Language on a regular basis. Tricia has upgraded her ASL while attending adult ASL immersion in 2006, 2007 & 2008 through the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf. Her training in speech-language development adds to the quality of her classes & workshops.
Tricia enjoyed the benefits of signing with her two babies between the ages of 5 months and 3 years of age...more than a decade before signing with infants became popular!
For more information on BABY CAN SIGN programs, including costs click here
Tricia is founder/owner of SigningStore.ca; established June 2004.
For info on classes & workshops contact:
Tricia Davis, M.A, CCC-Audiology
Québec - Montréal
Talking Hands / les mains qui parlent - Amy Ma
*Enrichissez la communication pour les bébés et les enfants avec des cours d'éveil communicatif.
C'est jamais trop tôt pour encourager les bébés pré-verbaux à s'exprimer. Plusieurs études montrent que les bébés sont capables de communiquer par signes bien avant qu'ils soient prêt à parler. Les jeux, les chansons et les comptines soulignent les étapes de développement importantes. On emploie les signes d'American Sign Language (ASL) et de la langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) dans une pédagogie facile à apprendre et amusante à pratiquer.
*Why wait to communicate? Find out what's on the mind of your preverbal child today! Through interactive games, songs and storytelling, you'll learn signs that will help you communicate with your pre-verbal infant. Sign language is a natural bridge for bilingual and multilingual households. Classes held both in English (with ASL) and French (with LSQ).
Phone: (514) 284-9435
Alberta - Edmonton, Leduc & area
Rise 'n Sign® - Carmen Hofer
Inspired to learn American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with her Deaf cousin, Carmen was the youngest student in her sign language class at Red River Community College when she was only in 6th grade! Attending several ASL immersion programs at the Manitoba School for the Deaf in Winnipeg, Carmen quickly became fluent in ASL. She obtained her Teacher Assistant Certificate in Sask., with specific training in helping Special Needs children. She has worked as an interpreter for Deaf students in regular school settings in various provinces.
Carmen brings unbridled enthusiasm to her sign language programs. Busy raising her own hearing (and signing) children, Carmen is able to offer flexible baby sign programs. She is also very interested in teaching ASL to hearing preschoolers!
** Edmonton preschool programs could benefit greatly from Carmen's excellent materials and programs! Feel free to contact Carmen to discuss how she could introduce ASL into established preschool programs in the Edmonton, Alberta area. **
B.C. - Greater Vancouver
Barb Desmarais The Parenting Coach
Barb teaches Baby Sign classes in and around the Vancouver area. She was featured in a CBC –The National’s story on signing with infants, that was aired in March, 2004 (see below).
Barb knows first-hand the value of ASL for both Deaf children and hearing children. While helping to raise her two deaf step-sons ASL was a normal part of her family’s life. Her two younger hearing children picked up sign language while infants and communicated their wants and needs at a very early age.
Barb has published ASL for Babies - Level 1:
ASL for Babies is a manual that provides 80 simple signs that babies as young as 6 months can begin to learn. The order is chosen to match infants' typical early vocabulary. Barb collaborated with her talented son, Roger, who created the wonderful ASL sketches. Roger's first language is ASL.
Teaching ASL to babies and their families in Canada? Contact Tricia, at email@example.com, about a free listing on this webpage.
Have a great news article about baby signing from a Canadian news source? Please contact Tricia so it can be posted on this page & shared with others.
Baby Sign Language - News Articles
Baby Signing by Eve Savory
CBC The National - March 2004
News article with 8-minute news video
Pre-Verbal Infants Can Benefit Greatly
by Tricia Davis - Sept 2004
Cochrane Times AB