When Laura was three, she began attending a preschool in which 15-20% of the student population was comprised of children with special needs. One of her friends had Cerebral Palsy and did not have speech. She required aids to hear, and couldn’t always wear them. Another one of Laura’s friends had Down Syndrome, and he relied on signing to communicate back then.
Because it was important to Laura to communicate with her friends, she demanded to learn sign language. Once she’d exhausted the vocabulary of her preschool teachers and friends’ moms, Laura’s demand for more words led me to a series of DVDs from Signing Time!
Signing Time! DVDs (and books and music) are available over at Amazon, of course, but check out the Signing Time! website. The story of how Signing Time! came about will put a lump in your throat and a smile on your face for the rest of the day.
Here’s a little excerpt to get you started:
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 is profoundly deaf.
Can you imagine being a musician and your child is born deaf? What was this mother’s response? Signing Time! And in so doing, her outreach was global. I encourage you to read their inspiring story.
When Laura was four she began taking weekly sign language classes, which she continues to this day. Last night, Laura performed in a concert. So, yeah, I’m a proud mama and am including a short video clip. But proud mama or not, sign language is a beautiful thing to watch.