The letters of the alphabet are the 26 most important signs in American Sign Language (ASL) that everyone new to signing should make a top priority to learn, practice, improve, and master to communicate effectively with a Deaf person.
You've started learning ASL to communicate with a Deaf family member, Deaf friends or maybe with a Deaf person who has come into your life (kudos to you!) but you haven't seen the progress you want.
You struggle with fingerspelling because you can't remember some letters or sometimes mix letters up.
Whenever you forget a letter, you start fingerspelling the whole alphabet until you reach the letter you were trying to remember.
Reading fingerspelling is a challenge, even at slow speeds and it's affecting your confidence when communicating with Deaf people.
Have the confidence to communicate freely with Deaf people because you've mastered your fingerspelling skills?
Read fingerspelling easily, even at high speeds, ensuring that the conversation flows smoothly?
Say 'goodbye' to those awkward moments when you have to fingerspell the alphabet in front of others trying to remember the letter you have forgotten?
See the eyes of a Deaf person light up when they realize you know the basics of American Sign Language and they can easily communicate with you?
Strengthen your relationship with Deaf friends or family members, now that you can communicate more easily with them in sign language?
We will be focusing only on the alphabet, as it is important to master that first. The alphabet is the foundation and key to improving your fingerspelling skills; both fingerspelling and reading fingerspelling. We will review each letter of the alphabet and then we will practice both fingerspelling and reading the alphabet signs multiple times. After completing this course, you will have your alphabet down and your fingerspelling and fingerspelling receptivity skills greatly improved.
I was born deaf to a hearing family and grew up in the hearing world, so I know first hand that fingerspelling is a vital tool necessary for hearing people to use in communicating with a Deaf person.
Fingerspelling is one of the most challenging parts of learning to communicate effectively with Deaf people and many people struggle to master this skill.
I want to coach you and help you learn, practice, and improve your fingerspelling and fingerspelling receptivity skills.