Saturday, April 16, 2011

Signing Time Videos Reach their 10th Anniversary

Signing Time videos are incredibly popular at the library I work for, and I find it hard to believe they've only been around for 10 years. In fact, Signing Time is celebrating their 10th anniversary, and they have some giveaways on their site.

I'd never known the backstory behind the Signing Time videos before reading the story on their site:
In December of 1996, Rachel Coleman and her husband Aaron welcomed their first daughter Leah into the world. At the time, Rachel was writing music and performing with her folk rock band. They would take young Leah to band practices and concerts and were amazed that she was able to sleep in spite of the loud music. When she was fourteen months old, they discovered why: Leah was profoundly deaf.
 To say the least, their world turned upside down. Rachel's priorities instantly changed: she put down her guitar and picked up sign language. She and her husband immediately started teaching American Sign Language (ASL) to Leah as fast as they could learn it.
I'm curious - does anyone who has experience with the Signing Time videos know if they are teaching ASL or modified "baby signs"? Or is it a mix? Most people I know, mostly from work, seem interested in teaching their babies "baby sign," but don't really continue American Sign Language as a second language as their children grow up.

What do you think of Signing Time?

(via GeekMom)

2 comments:

  1. I LOVE it. As a deaf woman. But now, as a mother of a child with Down syndrome, I love it even more. ALSO - my "typically developing" and perfectly-hearing son who was slow to speak LOVED it.
    But now, I also follow her blog (Rachel Coleman, that is) and I love what she's about. Solid good, all around.
    The signs, by the way, are a mix, as far as I can tell.

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  2. Our family has been using Signing Time since 2002, when my daughter was 10 months old. And now I use it with my son. We absolutely LOVE IT and Rachel too! The videos teach ASL and not baby signs. She used an ASL consultant on the videos as well.

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