Lil Signing Hands
Hi! My name is Kimberly Churchill and when my son Carter was 3 months old we learned he was profoundly deaf. Immediately I wanted to immerse myself and learn everything I could about the deaf culture and community, including learning American Sign Language (ASL). I chose to learn with Baby Signing Time, winner of 11 national parenting awards. After Baby Signing Time I transitioned into Signing Time and TreeSchoolers to broaden communication with my son. I have since continued my ASL education locally through the Newfoundland and Labrador Association for the Deaf completing 7 courses over three years.
Carter also has cerebral palsy and is non-verbal. He starting learning Sign Language at 3 months old and by the time he was 11 months he communicated with us for the very first time by signing “milk”! Imagine the excitement our family felt when we knew we could communicate and learn about his needs, wants and ideas! Sign language was able to open up a whole new world for us which has strengthen the bond between us and our son. With the Signing Time Series, babies and children are entertained with the activities and music and quickly begin to relate the corresponding signs. They are having fun while playing, singing and learning ASL!
Carter is the reason why Lil Signing Hands was created and why I became an Independent contractor with Signing Time Academy. I want to give all families the same opportunity, experiences and pleasures I’ve had through learning ASL.
There is an empowering feeling in knowing you can communicate without speaking a word…
“Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.” – Rollo May
Licensed & Certified for the following:
- Preschool & Early Education Classes (For Daycares & Schools)
- Parent & Tot Classes and Mommy & Me (For all Caregivers)
- Professional Trainings & Workshops
- Youth Signing Classes
- Presentations, Booths & Events (Community Groups, Libraries, Fairs & Expos)
- Digital Download Products
- Baby Signing Time Certification
- Signing Time Certification
- Completed Basic Training
- Completed Advanced Training
- Achieved ASL Level 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203, 301
- 8+ years communicating with ASL
Brief Bio About the Instructor
Kimberly is the mother of two boys and resides in Newfoundland & Labrador Canada with her husband Todd. She grew up recognizing the importance of community involvement and subsequently has a rich history of volunteerism that started at the age of 12. She has been the recipient of many awards including Canadian Diabetes Distinguished Dedication Award, Youth Volunteer Corps Role Model of the Year Award, Flare Magazine Volunteer of the Year, and Canadian Hard of Hearing Presidents Club Award. She has a Bachelor Degree in Arts with special concentration on youth at risk. She has worked in the voluntary sector for two decades and has in-depth background in marketing, communications, volunteerism and developing youth programs. She has a vast amount of experience with public speaking and was a Canadian representative and presenter at the World Youth Volunteer Symposium in Japan. June 2018 Kimberly was selected to present “The Forgotten Language: The Transformative Power of Signing” at TEDxStJohns. Read more on Signing Time’s Blog! She currently is a licensed provider and certified Instructor with Signing Time Academy.