For Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and students, sign language not only serves as a primary means of communication, it also supports listening skills and augments communication as speech skills are developing. Deaf and hard of hearing students as well as students with speech delays gain many benefits from signing.
The VCDHH Sign Communication Support Service provides sign language support services in a variety of ways. We offer sign language in-home instruction for families and early interventionists as well as in pre-schools and childcare settings and in schools for students. We work with service-providers such as counselors, speech and language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, educators, para-professionals, classroom aides, and school nurses. The mentor program also provides sign language instruction to peers in the classroom.
Sign Communication Support Services are funded through a child’s Individualized one-plan or Individualized Education Program (IEP).
In addition to individualized sign language mentor services, we offer six-week community classes. Sign language vocabulary focuses on every day routines and provides basic conversational sign language skills.
VCDHH offers six-week sign language classes specifically designed for parents, educators, paraprofessionals, pre-school/childcare providers and therapists (OT, PT, SLP, Counselors). Participants learn basic sign language vocabulary in areas like daily routines, health and safety, school and playtime activities for use with children at home, in pre-school/childcare programs and with students in educational settings. Participants also learn about sign-supported speech, which is signing and talking at the same time, and receive an introduction to American Sign Language.
- Learn basic sign vocabulary to share with children at home, in childcare and school settings
- Improve visual communication while supporting speech
- Provide special needs students with access to successful communication
- Practice signing skills with new friends
- Have fun in small sized classes with dynamic teachers
To learn more, attend or set up a class, please contact Tami Trowell in the Sign Communication Support Services: