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American Sign Language for Children with Special Needs


 with Sabrina Whitney

short description:
This course offers an introduction to American Sign Language and how to use it with children who have special neds.
long description:
Throughout this class we will look at the benefits of using
American Sign Language as a communication tool for Children
with special needs, the differences between ASL and spoken
English, how to learn and teach ASL to your child, and
resources for learning more signs.
level of difficulty:
all welcome
minimum class size:
I can be reached by email. All questions
will be answered within twenty-four hours.
fee comments:
 session structure





Benefits of using ASL


Covers: reasons for using American Sign Language, how using ASL can improve communication and behavior

1h 30m

Introduction to American Sign Language


Differences between spoken and signed languages, grammatical information in signed languages, and types of signed languages

1h 30m

Learning ASL


What types of signs to use, how to read signing dictionaries, glossing, ways to practice.

1h 30m

How to teach ASL to your child


Hand over hand signing, side by side signing, face to face signing, recognizing your child's signing attempts.

1h 30m



Internet resources for learning ASL, Online classes, where to purchase signing materials

1h 30m

Review and Exam


Review of all sessions before final exam

1h 30m

total duration: 9h 0m over 6 session(s)
comments: Time varies depending on student needs

discussion forums: 5

Available to book on the following pre-scheduled starting dates:

start: (GMT) not scheduled yet | view full details |

languages: English
duration: 9h 0m over 6 session(s)
fee: 69US$  (690lp)
payment: at booking
delivery method: self-paced

Quick Help

United States

Sabrina Whitney

description of :
I have been teaching American Sign Language to both adults and children for the past 6 years. This is a passion of mine with the main focus on building communication bridges for individuals iwth disabilities. For the past year, I have also begun working with families of children with disabilities helping them to learn how to advocate for their child and efficiently keep important records for easy access.
Teacher's qualifications:
My sign language skills were developed through the interpreter training program at Lansing Community College as well as through various workshops and interactions within the Deaf community. As a parent of a child with disabilities, my experience with the medical and educational systems has been taught through the direct application of need. In 2010, I was fortunate enough to take classes online that focused on documentation, internet research, and record keeping. This rather ecclectic background has allowed me to help many families and as I continue to follow this path, my hope it that many more individuals can find the help they need.
's preferred teaching style:
These classes are taught as self-paced lessons. Participants are invited to move through each lesson at a pace comfortable to them and are able to check comprehension through a series of knowledge checks.

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