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Last Modified: 04/13/2012

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Read With Me: Stories for Your Deaf Child

Created by: Brenda Schick, Ph.D. and Mary Pat Moeller, M.S.

Produced by the Center for Hearing Loss in Children at Boys Town National Research Hospital. Signers show you how to make the language of the story clear and exciting and how to share the book in a way that your child will want to watch. The video can also serve as a teaching aid for parents and other adults seeking to improve their sign-language storytelling skills. These videos will entertain both children that are Deaf and hearing, and helps you to improve your sign language storytelling skills by demonstrating how you can: use your face and body to animate the story and how to simplify language and sign concepts in a clear, visual manner. These videos are available for purchase from Boystown Press.

Sharing the Joy of Storytelling With Your Deaf Toddler

Streaming Video:
Description: In this video, fluent signers tell stories that will help you learn and provide stimulating entertainment for your children. Using popular children’s books, this video demonstrates how you can use your face and body to animate the story, simplify language and sign concepts in a clear, visual manner.
Language(s):
  • English
Time: Video: 23 min; Sample Segment: 3 min
Produced By: Center for Hearing Loss in Children

Elizabeth & Larry

Streaming Video:
Description: In this videotaped story of Elizabeth & Larry, about two best friends, who learn how to overcome being frustrated together that ends up changing their lives, but not their friendship. Signed in ASL and narrated in English.
Language(s):
  • English
Time: Video: 18 min; Sample Segment: 1 min
Produced By: Center for Hearing Loss in Children

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Streaming Video:
Description: In this videotaped story of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, signed in ASL and narrated in English, is a story of a mischievous mouse. In this tale by Laura Numeroff, the hungry critter shows up at your house and wants a cookie. Then he leads you through a crazy and fun afternoon as he wants more to go with his cookie.
Language(s):
  • English
Time: Video: 28 min; Sample Segment: 2 min
Produced By: Center for Hearing Loss in Children

The Mixed-Up Chameleon

Streaming Video:
Description: The Mixed-Up Chameleon, signed in both ASL and narrated in English, is a magical story about a chameleon that was not satisfied just with changing colors and catching flies. One day he saw the zoo. He though that it would be exciting to change into the wonderful animals he saw. The chameleon wanted to be a little bit of this and a little bit of that of every animal that he saw. He became so mixed up, he couldn’t catch flies anymore. That made him wish that he could go back to being a chameleon…because he was happier being the way that he was.
Language(s):
  • English
Time: Video: 17 min; Sample Segment: 2 min
Produced By: Center for Hearing Loss in Children

If I Ran The Zoo

Streaming Video:
Description: In this videotaped story of If I Ran the Zoo, signed in ASL and narrated in English, is unmistakably Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss' dynamic schemes and bold imagery help his tales come to life. Every child would love to run the zoo—let them find out how Dr. Seuss would do it.
Language(s):
  • English
Time: Video: 32 min; Sample Segment: 2 min
Produced By: Center for Hearing Loss in Children

‘C’ Is For Curious

Streaming Video:
Description: Leaping cows, egotistical pigs and baseball playing dogs come to life when Peter Cook, internationally known American Sign Language storyteller, explores Woodleigh Hubbard’s ‘C’ Is for Curious. Cook matches the books whimsical comic images with his creative use of ASL. The result is a zany collection of antics that help Deaf children explore their feelings form Angry to Zealous, while learning how to play with ASL signs.
Language(s):
  • English
Time: Video: 38 min; Sample Segment: 5 min
Produced By: Center for Hearing Loss in Children

The Rainbow Fish & Small Green Snake

Streaming Video:
Description: The Rainbow fish tells the story of the most beautiful fish in the sea who is too vain to make friends. A lesson from the wise octopus teaches the Rainbow Fish about humility. Small Green Snake is an audience participation story that will get preschoolers jumping. A small, sassy, flashy, grassy garter snake won't obey Mamma Snake and stay home where he is safe.
Language(s):
  • English
Time: Video: 28 min; Sample Segment: 2 min
Produced By: Center for Hearing Loss in Children

The Very Busy Spider, Owl Babies, & Monster Can’t Sleep

Streaming Video:
Description: The Very Busy Spider is a unique story about a determined spider who will not rest or play until she finishes her web. Neighborhood farm animals visit her, but they cannot distract her from her work. Owl Babies tells the story of three baby owls who wake to find their mommy gone. When will she back? In Monster Can-t Sleep, monster tries everything to fall asleep...until he gets some help from his stuffed spider.
Language(s):
  • English
Time: Video: 28 min; Sample Segment: 3 min
Produced By: Center for Hearing Loss in Children

Where the Wild Things Are & More Bunny Trouble

Streaming Video:
Description: Where the Wild Things Are will set your preschooler off on a journey with Max to a “wild rumpus” in a land of wild things. More Bunny Trouble is another heart-warming adventure of Ralph the soccer-loving bunny and his sister Emily.
Language(s):
  • English
Time: Video: 33 min; Sample Segment: 3 min
Produced By: Center for Hearing Loss in Children

King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub & The Mitten

Streaming Video:
Description: King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub is a celebrated tale about an unruly king who, despite pleas from his court, refuses to get out of his bathtub to rule his kingdom. The Mitten: A Ukrainian folktale, is a funny story about Nicki’s lost mitten. One by one, woodland animals find the mitten and crawl into it.
Language(s):
  • English
Time: Video: 27 min; Sample Segment: 2 min
Produced By: Center for Hearing Loss in Children

The Wolf’s Chicken Stew & How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Streaming Video:
Description: The Wolf’s Chicken Stew is an entertaining story of a fox who gets a big surprise when he gets a terrible craving for chicken. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a long-time favorite Dr. Seuss story about the Grinch who, despite having a heart that’s two sizes too small, learns the real meaning of Christmas.
Language(s):
  • English
Time: Video: 41 min; Sample Segment: 2 min
Produced By: Center for Hearing Loss in Children

Sign With Me: A Family Sign Language Curriculum

Created by: Brenda Schick, Ph.D. and Mary Pat Moeller, M.S.

Produced by the Center for Hearing Loss in Children at the Boys Town National Research Hospital. This 3 Volume set of unique instructional videos with an accompanying workbook will help you open the lines of communication using American Sign Language (ASL). In Volume 1 learn signs and techniques for everyday conversations with a young deaf child. Volume 2 teaches parents how to sign abstract concepts encountered daily by deaf toddlers, such as funny soft, and sticky. And then Volume 3 teaches how to use signs for praising and effectively disciplining your young deaf child. Each Sign With Me volume is available for purchase from Boystown Press.

Sign With Me, Volume 1: Building Conversations

Streaming Video:
Description: Sign With Me, Volume 1: Building Conversations will teach you basic signs to use with you child every day. You will also learn how to: sign short, simple, expressive sentences, follow your child’s lead in communicating, use and develop facial expressions and body movement to support signed messages, and how to use positive parenting skills to improve your child’s communication. Volume I includes: two videotapes containing eight lessons, each with five activities or games that family members can use with your deaf child, and a workbook to use along with the video lessons.
Language(s):
  • English
Time: Video: 75 min; Sample Segment: 3 min
Produced By: Center for Hearing Loss in Children

Sign With Me, Volume 2: Building Concepts

Streaming Video:
Description: Sign With Me, Volume 2: Building Concepts will help you improve your signing and parenting skills to stimulate your deaf child’s language acquisition. You will learn how to: use signs to describe feelings and experiences as well as objects, teach concepts like wet and dry during your child’s daily routines, and use question words to encourage your child’s curiosity. Volume 2 includes: two videotapes containing eight lessons, each with five activities family members can use with your deaf child, and a workbook to use with the video lessons.
Language(s):
  • English
Time: Video: 75 min; Sample Segment: 5 min
Produced By: Center for Hearing Loss in Children

Sign With Me, Volume 3: Positive Parenting

Streaming Video:
Description: Sign With Me, Volume 3: Positive Parenting will teach you basic signs and ideas for praising your child and managing behaviors. You will also learn how to: discipline in positive ways and avoid the frequent use of “no”, encourage your child to make choices and follow routines, warn in a way that guides the child, and handle tantrums and redirect unwanted behaviors. Volume 3 includes: two videotapes containing eight lessons, each with five activities family members can use with your deaf child, and a workbook to use with the video lessons.
Language(s):
  • English
Time: Video: 75 min; Sample Segment: 5 min
Produced By: Center for Hearing Loss in Children

Purchase Videos:

Although these sample video segments can be viewed here at no cost, they are available for purchase from the producer. To order any of these videos, click on the link below. You will then be directed to the producer’s website where the video is available for purchase.

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