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"Sign with Your Child" Video Series

Parents and extended families of children with deafblindness often ask where they can go to learn sign language. There are many options, which begin with their school district, regional day school program for the deaf, community colleges and churches.  Recently I learned of this on-line resource that can be very helpful with basic sign language.


Challenge Discovery Projects, a Virginia-based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, provides school-based and community programs for youth that address bullying, violence, substance abuse and emotional health. In addition, Challenge Discovery Projects offers emotional health and substance abuse counseling to the deaf and hard of hearing.  The Parent Child Advocate Program (PCA), part of Challenge Discovery Projects, addresses the multiple needs of families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing by offering sign language skill development, providing psychosocial education and facilitating access to community resources. The PCA program advocates early intervention in teaching social and communication skills to children who are deaf and hard of hearing to bridge the gap between them and the hearing population.


Part of the Challenge Discovery Projects website includes "Sign with Your Child" a video series. This series of instructional and informational videos was created to provide a resource for parents and caregivers with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. They are designed to facilitate and encourage communication and language development within the family. The video series contains lessons on various topics with language that can be easily incorporated into daily life, for example, "Getting Dressed." Check it out!


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