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About Laura Berg
Baby sign language expert, Laura Berg, teaches baby signing classes and trains other ASL baby sign language instructors through her Toronto-based company, My Smart Hands ( www.mysmarthands.com ). Laura has helped countless parents with their quest to better understand and communicate with their little ones through her baby sign language classes and video lessons.
Laura is certified with the Ontario College of Teachers and was recently awarded with the Ontario Mom Entrepreneur of the Year award. She is also a frequent guest lecturer at the University level on the topic of using sign language with hearing children. She has delivered workshops to librarians and teachers helping them develop techniques to incorporate the use of sign language into their programs, and she runs an "introduction to sign language" program for grades kindergarten to eight.
Laura has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Child Studies from the University of Guelph and a post-graduate degree in Education. During her University career, she was introduced to the benefits of sign language for use in classroom management. She explored this concept further by taking American Sign Language courses through George Brown College and the Canadian Hearing Society.
It wasn't until she had a daughter of her own, Fireese, that Laura truly realized the possibilities for communication and cognitive development that sign language offered. Baby sign language became a passion born of a mother's desire to give her daughter the best possible start in life. She decided to share her passion with other mothers.
Laura's teaching background and highly developed skills in curriculum planning make her a formidable force in the classroom and in her video lessons. She is spirited and engaging for mom, dad and baby. Her classes and video lessons have all received rave reviews. Most importantly they offer parents the tools they need to facilitate early communication with their children. As it was with her former students, Laura's primary goal is to help children achieve their highest potential.
Visit Laura's website ( www.MySmartHands.com ) for more information on baby sign language and please feel free to email her anytime with questions (or leave them as comments to her lessons)!
Join the My Smart Hands baby sign language group on Facebook!!