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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

Effective Instructional Strategies for Deaf Students (and really all students)

Effective Instructional Strategies for Deaf Students (and really all students)

In the journey or raising a deaf child, educational placement is always a challenge and an ongoing question. Recently I shared an older post about the time I removed my child from a residential school for the Deaf and had him at home. He later went back to school in a mainstream public school program. Now he is back at the school for the deaf with a different teacher. Educational placement is an o ...[Read More]

The DO and DO NOT of How to Get an Interpreter

The DO and DO NOT of How to Get an Interpreter

Have you seen this face before? Maybe on your son? daughter? spouse? student? This is the look of someone who just doesn’t get what is going on. Without a qualified interpreter, this is what happens to deaf individuals.   After my last post, I realized I had shared an experience where I did NOT succeed in getting an interpreter. Getting an interpreter for a youth class or sports team is ...[Read More]

Interpreting Lesson for the Taekwondo Master

Interpreting Lesson for the Taekwondo Master

Tonight I walked out on a wonderful opportunity to have my deaf son involved in a top of the art Karate Program. The reason? I was not allowed to interpret during  instructions on how to live with a “black belt attitude.” I wasn’t even asking them to provide an interpreter. I was willing to do that, but no… Now, they were willing to compromise with me. The master said I could interpret ...[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.

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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.”  

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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.