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Old August 22nd, 2013, 08:37 PM   #1
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Family Friendly Sign Language Courses near St. Clair or Macomb County?

This is a serious question. Does anyone know of a family oriented and reasonably priced sign language course near St. Clair or Macomb Counties?

The reason I ask is because my girlfriend is legally deaf. She wears hearing aids currently that allow her about 30% hearing on a good day. She has a degenerative condition that will most likely leave her completely deaf at some point in the future.

She is an excellent lip reader but that only goes so far. And she can only finger spell and do some basic sign, as she has only had this condition since she was 13, not birth.

Between us we have 6 kids ages 5-14 and in the last 6 months have become our own little brady bunch. We would like to start classes as a family so we can learn this valuable communication tool. Online searches have proven useless, as most courses are adult only. This is something we would like to do together.

Does anyone have any ideas, links, suggestions?

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Old August 22nd, 2013, 08:40 PM   #2
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Flint has a school for the deaf. I'd call them and ask.

One of my old friends brother became deaf around the age of four or so (before I was born). He went to school over there. They might be able to point you in the right direction.

I only remember a few things (mostly funny signs and bad words or things to call people)
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 08:41 PM   #3
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Instead of attending a place with that many people, maybe you could contact someone teaching these adult only classes and ask if they do side work and will come to your house. Take an add out on Craigslist as well.
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Her Otologist or Audiologist should be able to get you the information you need.
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 08:54 PM   #5
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Her Otologist or Audiologist should be able to get you the information you need.
All they recommend is the local community college courses, which do not allow small children. As far as we can tell, the thinking seems to be: Deaf Child - put in special school, Deaf Adult - take college courses and teach your own damn kids.
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woodland school in Marysville on range road. they have small class sizes and if I remember right it started around 5:00pm. my son starts school in flint this year, he's excited cause marine city schools were a joke
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Is there an online "Rosetta Stone" for sign language?
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 09:00 PM   #8
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woodland school in Marysville on range road. they have small class sizes and if I remember right it started around 5:00pm. my son starts school in flint this year, he's excited cause marine city schools were a joke
We live in Marine City! Is there any program here at all? I didn't even think about woodland, although they would be more of a daytime thing I think. We would be more of a evenings/weekend group.

As for the other suggestions guys, thank you and keep them coming! I'll be looking into them!
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We live in Marine City! Is there any program here at all? I didn't even think about woodland, although they would be more of a daytime thing I think. We would be more of a evenings/weekend group.

As for the other suggestions guys, thank you and keep them coming! I'll be looking into them!
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 09:08 PM   #10
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I might be tapped out after those ideas.
Thank you so much!

This really does mean alot to me. I also have a totally deaf friend that I mostly communicate with in a sort of schrades type of improvised sign language. I really feel I (and all of us in our family) need to learn this!
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it's an evening class after the school lets out. it was a good basic starter class, start with letters & counting then moved onto words.
there's nothing around really except for baker college
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Thank you so much!

This really does mean alot to me. I also have a totally deaf friend that I mostly communicate with in a sort of schrades type of improvised sign language. I really feel I (and all of us in our family) need to learn this!
There's a guy on here with a yellow mud buggy that is deaf, I forget his username, but he lives between flint and Davison.(EDIT: Blazin79)

maybe if you trade him offroad parts he'll teach you haha. I tried to remember some stuff but it was easier to do random hand signals and write on paper.

No problem Kieth, glad to help.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 09:38 AM   #14
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it's an evening class after the school lets out. it was a good basic starter class, start with letters & counting then moved onto words.
there's nothing around really except for baker college
I'm going to check to see if they still offer that. Might be a good starting point at least!
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There's a guy on here with a yellow mud buggy that is deaf, I forget his username, but he lives between flint and Davison.(EDIT: Blazin79)

maybe if you trade him offroad parts he'll teach you haha. I tried to remember some stuff but it was easier to do random hand signals and write on paper.

No problem Kieth, glad to help.
his name is jody, and im sure he would trade parts for lessons, lol
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miluakeef350 ir whatever his screen name is, is deaf. Maybe he could help point you in the right direction?
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 01:51 PM   #17
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miluakeef350 ir whatever his screen name is, is deaf. Maybe he could help point you in the right direction?
That's right! Seems I remember him mentioning that in a thread.

Although how do I approach someone and say "Hey! You are deaf, any ideas?" Although maybe it's no big deal.
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That's right! Seems I remember him mentioning that in a thread.

Although how do I approach someone and say "Hey! You are deaf, any ideas?" Although maybe it's no big deal.
Honestly he seems very comfortable with his hearing disability and has mentioned it in some posts. His grammar/writing style is very different than ours due to this. I don't think he would take offense to a PM.

"Hey, I noticed in one of your posts that you are deaf. My GF is deaf and we are having a hard time finding a suitable place to teach our children and myself how to sign, do you know of any places that we could look into?"

Seems harmless enough?
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Honestly he seems very comfortable with his hearing disability and has mentioned it in some posts. His grammar/writing style is very different than ours due to this. I don't think he would take offense to a PM.

"Hey, I noticed in one of your posts that you are deaf. My GF is deaf and we are having a hard time finding a suitable place to teach our children and myself how to sign, do you know of any places that we could look into?"

Seems harmless enough?
I was thinking the same thing. He seems like a decent, helpful guy.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 02:07 PM   #20
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I was thinking the same thing. He seems like a decent, helpful guy.
yeah i forgot to mention that he offers up some pretty helpful advice from time to time as well.
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