All forms of communication are important in the development of language in children. Dialogue between parent and child is a major pathway for children to learn vocabulary and sentence structure.
Parents of deaf children face many choices when deciding on which mode of communication to use with their child.
A high percentage of deaf children are born to hearing parents.
These parents often find learning to sign SEE easier for them as it matches their spoken words.
Mastering ASL grammar and syntax rules can often be more difficult for parents to learn at first. It is however important that ASL be a part of the family’s’ continuing education of signs as the child matures.
MORE ABOUT SEE
SEE (Signing Exact English) is a manual system that represents spoken and written English
ASL (American Sign Language) is a language of its own with grammar and syntax rules.
SEE does not exclude the use of ASL or other sign languages.
Seventy-five percent of SEE signs come from ASL.
The SEE dictionary first printed in 1972.
SEE was developed to be used in the educational setting of young deaf children as well as a means of communication within the child and his family. sign language classes
These interactive classes are held online using ZOOM.
Participants must have access to the internet, as well as a computer with both audio and webcam capabilities.
Class sessions run for 8-weeks, meeting once a week for 1.5 hours.
All links and handouts will be provided.
Each 8-week session is $140 per participant.
Class materials are provided.
Reference book needed for this class is a pocket-size or soft cover SEE Dictionary which can be purchased from the SEE Center website www.seecenter.org
A portion of the registration fees are donated to the
SEE Center for the Advancement of Deaf Children.
Classes offered include beginning levels for those wanting to learn the manual alphabet, numbers, and basic vocabulary to a variety of intermediate and advanced levels for the experienced signer. These classes will focus on expanding sign vocabulary as well as expressive and receptive skills.
This is a 4-level course designed to introduce the principles of SEE, the manual alphabet, numbers, and basic sign vocabulary. Each 8-week session will focus on sign vocabulary needed for basic communication skills.
Beginning Level 1
Recommended for new signers or those who have knowledge of fewer than 50 signs.
Beginning Level 2
Recommended for those who have a working knowledge of approximately 300 signs.
Beginning Level 3
Recommended for those who have a working knowledge of approximately 600 signs.
Beginning Level 4
Recommended for those who have a working knowledge of approximately 900 signs.
Signing With Carol (Intermediate to advanced level)
This 4-level course will focus on vocabulary expansion using word lists that include groups of “Family of Signs” from the SEE dictionary. Practice sentences and paragraphs will be used to improve expressive and receptive skills.
Level 1 is designed for signers with a sign base of at least 1200 signs.
Level 2 is recommended for those with a sign base of at least 1500 signs.
Level 3 is recommended for those with a sign base of at least 1800
Level 4 is recommended for those with a sign base of at least 2100 signs.