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Baby Fingers Teacher Guest Blog 3

by Deanna Cantor

ASL Interpreter; Baby Fingers Friend & Teacher

Deanna and boysWhenever people ask why I became an interpreter, or what led me to ASL, I always say the same thing- “I had a great teacher”. I was introduced to sign at the age of eight years old (learning songs in church) and then again in 7th grade when I had a basic ASL class… It wasn’t until high school, with Ms. Bishop as my teacher, that I fell in love with the language and culture. She got us involved and fully immersed in such a short period of time.

From there I went on to double major in American Sign Language & Organizational Communication at Keuka College, an incredible institution that promoted Experiential Learning in every course, team, field period or club students were involved in. It was a phenomenal four years.

Now fast forward to the present. I’ve been an ASL interpreter for the Unified Court System for twelve years, and I feel very blessed and grateful to have this position. I’m fortunate to have excellent mentors and wonderful co-workers and am so happy to be working in such a collegial environment. It’s a constant learning and growing experience and for that I am thankful.

I now have two boys who I plan to teach ASL to. My oldest son, Luke is almost three. I taught him the sign for “more” when he was about 10 months old. My friends could not believe it when they saw his little hands requesting more of something – whether food, a ride on the swing or anything else that he wanted “more” of. I can’t wait to teach my 3 month old son, Dean even more.Deanna together

I fell in love with Baby Fingers from the first workshop I attended with Luke – and even more during my training with Lora at her NY classes. I absolutely love being involved with Baby Fingers and hope to bring it to my neighborhood in Staten Island one day!


Baby Fingers Teacher Guest Blog 2

By Rafie Legene Baby Fingers ASL Teacher and Friend I’m a Deaf adult, an educator, and a Mets fan! I grew up in a hearing family, and became deaf at the age of 5.  I was mainstreamed in a hearing school on Long Island, NY with a Deaf Education program, providing me with a teacher… Continue Reading

Baby Fingers Teacher Guest Blog 1

by Krissy Diaz Art Therapist; Baby Fingers Friend and Teacher I am a late deafened adult. I lost my hearing at the age of 18 and now at 29, I can surely say that sign language has helped me access communication and connect with the world learning new things and widening my creativity. Hearing loss can… Continue Reading


In ASL, this sign means CONNECT.   It can also be used for Relationship, Harmony, and other similar words.  I love the multiple meanings depending on the context and the necessary nuance. I also love that, at Baby Fingers, we make connections on a daily basis.  We help to foster relationships between family members, between… Continue Reading

Public Education?

Trump has been wanting to discontinue funding the Department of Education; his Secretary of Education supports vouchers and school choice. Although it is the smallest of all federal departments, the education department has been the source of controversy since its founding in 1980. On February 7th, 2017 Representative Thomas Massie introduced H.R. 899, a bill to… Continue Reading


The weather sure is fickle here in NYC! But Spring is on the way, and our class registration is open at! Register today to secure your spot. New class locations are being added this spring, so be sure to check back if you don’t see something that works for you. Also ask us about… Continue Reading

First Signs

We don’t know what our baby’s first sign(s) will be…some will begin with “milk” since it’s such an immediate and constant need but not a difficult sign to produce. Others may first sign “more” or “eat,” and some wait until they can tell you about an airplane in the sky.  However it begins, look for… Continue Reading

Gender Neutral?

            “If we lack respect for one group, then there is a tendency for that attitude to spread. It becomes infectious and no one becomes safe from the ravages of prejudice.” Walter Annenberg (NYC DOE statement to support all students) With recent news, I’m reminded of the time when my older… Continue Reading

Bilingual Babies

So many people I know speak English-only, yet there are tremendous benefits of a second language – or two equal native languages. I can hardly call myself bilingual, but I do have conversational skills in two languages other than English: Spanish and American Sign Language. If I’d spent more time immersed in an environment where one… Continue Reading

Five Fun Facts for Families

  Benefits of Signing with Your Baby By Lora Heller, Founding Director, Baby Fingers LLC   Sing and sign together. Music helps with memory and attention, and signs provide a means through which self-expression can develop.  Read books together while signing key words. Sign language helps with literacy attainment and growth in vocabulary. Play… Continue Reading