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Youth Programs

Program for Parents/Guardians

“Parents are the most powerful people in their child’s life. The students I see that have the greatest success are those whose parents are fully involved and present in their lives.”

Are you the parent of a Deaf child?

Are you afraid of judgement from other parents or family members?

Are you so overwhelmed with being a parent that you aren’t connecting to your child?

Educational Products

James Smith, author and co-owner of Deaf Sense LLC, has joined with ASL Concepts to provide a high quality ASL curriculum to youth. The ASL Concepts’ “One Fine Day” ASL Curriculum is coming out in June 2018 featuring James Smith’s book, “A Story of ASL” in paperback!


The curriculum is a themed American Sign Language instructional unit based on the classic Armenian folktale “One Fine Day” by Nonny Hogrogian. It is for children 3rd-5th grade. This curriculum includes 25 specific lessons focusing on the following ASL Concepts: Conditional “if”, Variations in ASL, Use of “Why” and “For-For”, Role-Shifting, Directional Signs, Descriptions, Reference Points, and the 5 Parameters of ASL.


Highlighted Deaf history lessons include: Martha’s Vineyard, the Deaf Gene, James Smith’s “A Story of ASL”, the First American Schools for the Deaf, and the Abraham Lincoln Memorial.

This curriculum also includes free instructional videos from the very talented Deaf Storyteller Patrick Fischer, aka “Mr.Shiney Head.”

The curriculum also includes an optional Study Guide to Andy Russell Bowen’s “A World of Knowing” as well as STEAM activities such as Tanagrams, Genetics, Foxes, Maps, and Engineering. Curriculum and supplemental kit (extra books and STEAM supplies) are available July of 2018.

Don’t just learn American Sign Language, open your eyes to a whole new culture! Visit www.aslconcepts.com for insight into this and other exciting books releasing this summer!

CUSTOMER REVIEW: “So much more than I was looking for! Having heard that a large percentage of the population on Martha’s Vineyard knows sign language, I was looking for a simple explanation of why. This children’s book is so much more. A fun exploration of the history of American Sign Language, how it was developed, and how it both educated and empowered members of the deaf community for decades. I recommend it not only for members of the deaf community, but I believe children learning sign language at school or Scouts (or in a similar way) will also enjoy it.”

~ Deaf Sense Customer

Our Reading Nook

Have you had a hard time getting your children to read? We decided to arrange our corner into an area where our kids could get away and read. We packed library books into bins and put them next to the couch and purchased some fun chairs to add some excitement. It has also become sort of a 'cool down' space when someone is needing it. Reading has become 'cool' again! Closed reading nook   Here's wh ...[Read More]

Our Sensory Table

Our Sensory Table

  “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers   In classic 3rd grade classrooms, you probably would not find a sensory table, but for our home school that we share with a toddler and a 4 year old, we have decided it is a necessity! Sensory activities ...[Read More]

Effective Instructional Strategies Explained… These are the Good Ones!

It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted the more ineffective strategies… NOW! For the good ones! Again, as I said in my first post, a BALANCE of the different approaches is needed! Here’s the link to the strategies to limit (more Ineffective Strategies) Whole Language approach: Also called, the “Top to bottom approach,” and is contrasted to a phonics or skills based approach t ...[Read More]

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Goddess of Chaos

So much more than I was looking for! Having heard that a large percentage of the population on Martha’s Vineyard knows sign language, I was looking for a simple explanation of why. This children’s book is so much more. A fun exploration of the history of American Sign Language, how it was developed, and how it both educated and empowered members of the deaf community for decades. I recommend it not only for members of the deaf community, but I believe children learning sign language at school or Scouts (or in a similar way) will also enjoy it.

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Olympia

What was valuable to me was realizing that even in moments where I didn’t think I could do anything, changing my thoughts and making small changes could make a huge difference. Mariposa Mentoring is amazing. Lynell can really help you realize what you want in life.

Mother

Anna Springer

“Lynell is great at mentoring! She helped me through some major blocks in regards to loving and forgiving myself. I feel that I have more direction and desire to fulfill my personal purpose in life.”  

Parent

Alex Barton

I love all the Deaf Sense videos! My daughter is a big fan too. The kids are ASL role models for her!

ASL Teacher / Weber High School, Ogden Utah,

Jimmy Adair

Your posters that I bought from you have helped my students in my class recognize some of the deaf achievements and triumphs. For example, Matt Hamill and John Maucere both are on the poster. So when my students see this, they ask me if I am going to show more of the others who are successful. My students realize that there are more of other deaf people who want to be successful and be normal just like every one. Now my students will walk up to our 7 deaf students at the school and sign to them. These deaf students feel like they are more accepted.