Baby Sign Language: Introductory Workshop
Jump-start your child’s verbal skills in our Introductory American Sign Language Workshop! This beginning workshop is designed for parents with babies from birth to 18 months. Fun activities and songs will show you how easy it can be to integrate more than 20 beginning signs into your daily routine.
Decades of studies of shown that teaching your little one sign language has been shown to have valuable long-term cognitive, emotional, and practical benefits. Come learn a way of communicating with your little one that can reduce tantrums, helps forge a close bond between parent and child, and boost brain development.
This program is founded on more than three decades of evidence-based research and utilizes signs from American Sign Language (ASL). Classes are a fun-filled way to teach parents how to introduce sign language into their baby’s everyday routines through songs and interactive activities. Step 1 is a 90 minute Introductory Workshop where parents learn the basics before enrolling into our six-class playgroup series. Step 2 is our six-class series where you build your skills and signing vocabulary with themes like mealtime, animals, colors, family, bedtime, and more.
To offer these classes, Peacebank Yoga is pleased to partner with Happy Baby Signs, the leading Bay Area providers for ASL instruction for parents, toddlers, and the preschool set and authors of the book Signs of a Happy Baby.
BABY SIGN LANGUAGE - 6 Day Series to Follow the Workshop
Our playgroup series is a great way to build your signing skills, your vocabulary, and most importantly, your confidence with themes like mealtime, animals, colors, family, bedtime, and more. Continue to learn and Practice together!
Workshop Times and Prices
Tuesday Sept 11th |10:30-12:00n $59 for single parent or couple (babies Free)
6 Day Series to Follow
Sept 25th, Oct 2nd, Oct 9th, Oct 16th, Oct 23rd, & Oct 30th 10:30-12:00n each class|$159 for single/couple (babies Free)
It is recommended that participants enroll in the Introductory Workshop prior to taking a playgroup series.
Babies are welcome to attend but not required.
Instructor: Erika Vetter
Erika Vetter fell in love with sign language in her childhood, when she befriended a Deaf girl in her Brownie Scout troop. This friendship continued for many years and led her to volunteer in the hard-of-hearing preschool during recess when she was still in elementary school. Erika received her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology with Teacher Certification at Elmira College. She earned her Master's Degree as a Teacher for the Deaf for grades K-12 from Canisius College in upstate New York. Erika has taught both Deaf and hearing children for the past 18 years in schools such as the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and the California School for the Deaf in Fremont and currently works as an ASL interpreter and instructor. Erika's thesis on teaching ASL to pre-verbal hearing children, along with her recent coursework in bilingual education, has reinforced her belief that signing with children can produce amazing results. All three of her children started signing between six and seven months old and still sign on a daily basis. Erika delights in seeing children empowered with a tremendous ability to communicate effectively at a very early age and is eager to share her experience and enthusiasm with you.