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American Sign Language for Kids: The Book

I have a surprise for you. It’s probably no surprise since you read
the title and clicked on the video to play it. But let’s pretend we’re
surprise act, surprised. Ready? Let’s practice our surprise
face. If you’re a signer, you know what a surprise
face looks like, huh? Okay. Practice it. I’m sure you
could do it better than that. What I just did so surprise
me. So here we go. You ready? Um, that’s right. Do you, do you
recognize this name? Do you do, you wrote this book. It’s a pretty exciting, very exciting. And today is launch day. So if you did not preorder this bad boy, that’s okay. You can get it today. And
if you get it through Amazon prime, boom, boom, boom, boom. Like two days later it’s on
your porch and in your hands and blessing your life,
making your life amazing. And if you did preorder it, it’s
on its way to you right now. Any second now, it should be going
and landing in your little mitts, ready to use and sign. Use it and sign. So today to celebrate this
very special occasion. Hey, and if you haven’t gotten it,
it’s okay. No big deal. Uh, there’s a link in the description and
you can just go click, click, click, click and check it out. But I’m going to give you a sneak peek
that you won’t get on in the look inside and Amazon or Barnes and noble. So if you want to know what’s
inside before you purchase, here’s your chance. First up, this is American sign language
for kids. So what does that mean? It means it is for kids, but more specifically it’s for
parents, grandparents and uncles, caregivers of children
that need sign language. Now that could be a lot of things.
Somebody that could be deaf, kid can be deaf, it can
be hard of hearing, um, could have some kind of hearing
loss. Um, just not verbal, um, um, autistic. A variety of situations that make it
important for your child to learn and use sign language. You can’t just
have your children learn sign language. The parents and the caregivers actually
have to learn it too or else is pointless, right? Is for parents to
teach and use with their children. Now I have six children of my own, ranging from ages three to 13
now three and five year old. I have to teach, I have to learn
why I know the signs already, but so I have to teach them the signs to
them and I can let them look at the P. I let them look at the pictures and
they really liked the pictures. Um, but I have to help them do
this. They can’t sit in, use this book by themselves. Now
my, well she just turned eight, but my eight year old
on up to my 13 year old, they can sit down and use this book
on their own. And I would say my, my daughter, she just
turned eight on Sunday. Um, but I would say even last year,
she’s in second grade right now. So even last year, first
grade she would have been, um, and even a little bit of her last
end of her kindergarten year, she had been able to use most of this
on her own. At least look at the signs. Um, but it is important for the caregivers
to learn this and teach the children or learn it alongside with their children, especially if it’s a vital
communication asset in their home. Now, I used to go into homes and teach families
of children with variety of reasons for wanting to learn sign language. Of course I taught deaf and
hard of hearing families. Um, but I also taught quite a bit of
children with autism and down syndrome. And the, um, the incredible amount of impact did
it have in each of their lives was um, truly life changing for them. So if you or someone you
know has a child, um, that is autistic, has down
syndrome or any other, any other thing that has going on in
their lives that makes it so that they’re not verbal and language, please
teach them sign language. You can obviously share
this book with them, but above all introduced the concept
of sign language to them first. Okay. So that covers well who this
book is for now, how do you use it? Um, we do, hold on mate,
my cheater copy here. Um, I have it marked so I know what to show
you so I don’t have to like find it. Oh, I’m making this video here. So in the book I do go over a little
bit more about who this book is for in, in greater depth. And we talk
about how to use the book. Um, it is important for you to,
um, learn alongside your child. Now what I love about this
book is the table of contents. Now the focus broken down into different
chapters with different categories of signs you can learn, but even better so you can look to the
table of contents and you can see, okay, this is the category it is and it’s color
coded. So you can see this is green, chapter four is green. And you can flip in here and you can
see on the side of the book it’s color coded. So I can flip to this green one.
And I’ve gone straight to that chapter. So I, I love color coding. You
should see my spreadsheets, color coding everywhere. Um, and what’s even better is you can get a
breakdown of the individual signs that are taught. So you’d be like, I don’t
want to look through the whole chapter. I’m looking for just one sign right now.
You want to use every moment you can, um, as a teachable moment, especially
if you’re learning silent, which I mean, I’m not saying you have to like run
around with the book all day long and wait for that moment to happen. But
what is perfect moment comes up. You want to be ready. So I
love this because you can
turn straight to that page, take straight to the table cottons for
like, Oh my gosh, they’re just dying. They love these crackers. Let me
find out how to assign Cracker. And so we can just do this
now rather than, no, no, we’re gonna wait until it’s time
to introduce it. Let’s do it now. And then you don’t have to search through
every page of the book or look through each category. You can just go
straight to the page. I love it. Super convenient. Um,
like I did say already, the color coding is quite lovely. Okay. Now the next little bit, and
we’ve talked about who it’s for, take that one off. Um, I talk a lot about why it’s so important
to learn sign language and why it’s so important for you to learn sign language
together as a family and that it can be fun and if you have concerns or you’re
worried or you’re not sure what to do, we go over that. I will not, we, I go over that in this book
because it’s super important. Okay. We even talk about, um, deaf community etiquette
and how to interact in the
deaf community because once you know, sign language, you’re gonna want to have your child
and your full family around other people that signed. Um, and what better way than to do that
in the deaf community where they’re so loving and accepting and welcoming
and um, they’ll find you, you guys will all be able to make new
friends that you can sign with and learn and grow even more within
the deaf community. So definitely check that out so you can
get in there and feel comfortable and um, make sure that you’re,
um, treating, um, in, in countering those situations correctly
the best way you can for the maximum success. Okay, so another
thing that is in this book, so each of these signs, so is that just
like a dictionary where you’re like, Oh, I’m going to learn the
sign and then move on. It’s that you learned the sign and then
there’s some tips that go along with it. And I love the tips.
Okay. Um, so first off, so you can see here we’ve
got the home and yes, and this is in the chapter of the
first 10 signs for you to learn. Um, I believe that’s what the
chapter is. Yeah, it is. Okay. I remember. And so each sign has the picture
showing you how to do it. And then for added clarity and
instruction underneath each sign, it talks about how to
do the signed correctly. I’m including any facial expressions
that you need to do or anything that you need to be aware of. Now, each sign has a memory tip to
help you be to remember the sign, connect it with something. So
for instance, the sign, yes, the memory tip is it’s as if you’re
nodding your head up and down because the sign, this is the sign. Yes. So it’s as if your head was your hand and
it’s nodding up and down cause you nod your head. Yes. Right.
Okay. And so then there is, so there are a variety of tips that
you’re going to find throughout the book. They’re not all going to be the
same type of tips or similar signs. There’s grammar tips, there’s a
signing tip and there are tips, um, ASD tips. Um, the next thing is in each chapter
at the end of each chapter, let me take off this little sticky.
Um, there is sign, practice activities. So there’s different things you can do
and in, throughout the tips are also, Hey, here’s a fun activity that
you can use to introduce this sign. Um, as well as how to practice,
um, the S, uh, group of the signs. You’ve just learned how to put
it into action in real life. So you can use it because you
can’t just see once and be done. You have to repeat it. And if
you put an activity with it, it’s going to make it more
concrete and usable for your child. But your child is gonna
learn the science so fast. It’s gonna blow your
mind. Um, especially if, um, they’re deaf and hard of hearing. Um, and I do encourage you also if you
have hearing children and you have, so if you have a child that is
nonverbal for whatever reason, and you have other hearing
children in your family, please, please teach everybody
in your family, mom, dad, brothers and sisters. So, and the last one I wanted to point
out is at the end we have resources. So if you want to learn more about sign
language, more about the deaf community, I have linked, um, resources, books and websites that you can use to
give you further education to help you connect with those in the deaf community
around you and other local deaf educators. Um, there’s other apps, um, books and DVDs and websites.
And then at the end I have, um, the resources for all the books that
I have mentioned in all the different practice activities. So you can just
find them there quickly at the end. So that’s a wrap for the American
sign language for kids walk through. Um, I hope you enjoyed it and you can get
your own copy down by clicking the link down in the description box below. Thank you so much for watching and I
hope you love this book if you love it, and if you liked it and it’s helped and
you found it useful and effective for you, I love, love, love. If you would leave a
review on Amazon for me is, that is awesome and I love
to see your feedback. Thanks. Have a great day and get signing. Thank you so much for watching
and I’ll see you in the next video because that’s at the end of
the day, that’s why we’re here. So make sure you’re signing every day.
No, that’s not really ridiculous. Okay.

8 Replies to “American Sign Language for Kids: The Book”

  • I ordered mine back in September and is due to be delivered October 15th. Congratulations on your book! I am excited to see it when it arrives.

  • My daughter has Down Syndrome. When she was 6 months she began learning ASL. The teachers did not know ASL nor would the district provide her with an ASL interpreter since she was not hearing impaired. so she ended up having to use an augmented tool such as Alt Chat, then Nova Chat etc. we had gotten away from using ASL. I am now relearning ASL with your video’s so I can communicate with students in my school. It’s nice learning again and learning the new sign over the old ones that are no longer used. Thank you so much! You make it so enjoyable to learn ASL.

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