Laura is the founder of My Smart Hands™ and is certified with the Ontario College of Teachers. She is a guest lecturer at the University level on the topic of using sign language with hearing children. Laura has delivered workshops to librarians and teachers helping them develop techniques to incorporate the use of sign language into their programs. She also 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.
But it was when she had a daughter of her own that she 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. Her classes are spirited and engaging for both mom and baby and have been eliciting raves from her students. 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.
Laura Berg, founder of My Smart Hands™, is a national guest speaker. Her presentations are dynamic and entertaining. Laura is available to speak at your event or conference on the following topics:
-sign language to promote literacy.
-signing and the confident child.
-parent and child bonding through signing.
-how to incorporate signing into your programs.
-other topics geared towards your conference needs.
Please contact Laura for more information and speaking references.
Are you interested in having Laura come and give a presentation at your conference or class on using sign language to promote literacy? Laura offers an engaging power point presentation where she discusses the benefits of using sign language with babies, preschoolers and school aged children and shows videos of a baby and toddler showing off her signing skills!