Instructor

Pretty HeadshotMy name is Maria Gagnon and I am a Florida native, born and raised, and currently reside in the Tampa Bay Area.

Sign language is my passion.  I was first introduced to ASL in elementary school, and re-introduced multiple times throughout my life.  While completing my undergrad in Journalism and Media Studies at the University of South Florida, I took ASL classes and it was during that time that I fell in love with the language, Deaf culture and community.

Communication is such an important gift in life, and having the ability to communicate with gestures to your child not only enables them to communicate back, research shows baby sign language actually increases the rate of verbal development and at the same time increases the parent/child bond, thus strengthening their emotional development, cognitive and fine motor skills.

Teaching your child baby sign language is such an awesome transitional tool to bond with them, and hopefully will help alleviate some of the stresses of the language barrier that come with parenting.   I want to share my knowledge, experience and passion for sign language with as many families as I can and look forward to meeting you and your little one!

 

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