Knack American Sign Language: A Step-by-Step Guide to Signing

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Rowman & Littlefield, Aug 4, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
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While learning a new language isn't a “knack” for everyone, Knack American Sign Language finally makes it easy. The clear layout, succinct information, and topic-specific sign language partnered with high-quality photos enable quick learning. By a “bilingual” author whose parents were both deaf, and photographed by a design professor at the leading deaf university, Gallaudet, it covers all the basic building blocks of communication. It does so with a view to each reader's reason for learning, whether teaching a toddler basic signs or communicating with a deaf coworker. Readers will come away with a usable knowledge base rather than a collection of signs with limited use.

· 450 full-color photos

· American Sign Language

· Intended for people who can hear

· Can be used with babies and young children


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Chapter 1 The ABCs
Chapter 2 Numbers 120
Chapter 3 More NumbersColors
Chapter 4 Building Blocks
Chapter 5 Introductions
Chapter 6 Getting to Know You
Chapter 7 Making a Date
Chapter 8 Baby Talk
Chapter 12 Sports I
Chapter 13 Sports II
Chapter 14 Safety First Aid
Chapter 15 Staying Healthy
Chapter 16 A Day at the Office
Chapter 17 Water Cooler Chatter
Chapter 18 Signs of Worship
Chapter 19 Phrases in Worship

Chapter 9 Beyond Baby Basics
Chapter 10 Classroom Signs
Chapter 11 Special Needs Kids
Chapter 20 Resources

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About the author (2009)

Suzie Chafin was born hearing to two profoundly deaf parents, Margie and John Coggins-Peckham who met at Galludet University, a hearing impaired college for the deaf in Washington, D.C. Truly bi-lingual and bi-cultural, Suzie understands the Deaf community and culture as one who actively lived and breathed this world. Translating from an early age, American Sign Language was Suzie's first language giving her a breadth of understanding of this complex language and community.

As an author, Suzie has published “Your Pregnancy Devotional: 280 Days of Prayer and Inspiration” (Adams Media, 2006, ISBN-10: 1598692259). Suzie also contributes to's Guide to Parenting Multiples, writing articles on maintaining a marriage in a multiple birth home, preparing siblings for the birth of multiples, speech delays in multiples, and post partum depression. In 2004, her articles were published in Dallas Child and Baby Dallas magazines. In 2007, Suzie Chafin was featured as a special guest on the television broadcast, “Its Your Call with Lynn Doyle”. Suzie Chafin also speaks on a variety of parenting topics.

Photographer John Grindstaff is former chair of the art department at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and currently an associate professor of photography at this renowned university for the deaf. He regularly exhibits his woork at galleries in Washington, DC. As a student he completed an internship with renowned portrait photographer Annie Liebovitz.

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