My seven year old son is deaf and uses
functional sign language. He is a cochlear implant recipient and uses
oral language. However, it is our wish as a family to become fluent in
ASL. Through SDSD, I was able to take a course via Skype for beginning
ASL. My instructor, Colleen Barber, was phenomenal! Colleen taught me
many signs in a fun and easy to follow format. My son participated in
some sessions. We both loved it and hope to continue learning ASL this
way. We live in a rural area with no deaf population so access to ASL is
non-existent. This learning environment served our needs and was easily
accessible for our rural setting. SDSD continues to help us gain
educational opportunities and gives us positive input and information to
navigate through our journey with deafness.
Lacy Wondercheck - Parent of an SDSD Outreach Client
Sign Language Resources
Our Spring 2017 Family Sign Language Class starts
Until then, here is one of our latest videos so you can keep
practicing your skills.
SDSD is working diligently to grow the content of our website. Check out our new tabs under Resources: Videos and ASL, Apps, & More. We've also added a link to the SDSD YouTube channel
under Social Media in the banner at the base of our website.
At times, deaf/hard of hearing children may struggle
with reading comprehension due to missing vocabulary.
Best practice recommends reviewing vocabulary before
reading a story or learning a new content unit. Talk with
your child's educational team to learn about what
strategies are the most effective for your child's