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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!



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


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

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


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When my kids were little, I was so focused on making the most of every minute with them, making up for the times I had to be at work, not wanting to miss out on a new word or a lost tooth, and truly enjoying their company…like many parents, I became so engrossed in my children’s… Continue Reading


Thank you for visiting us!  We are grateful for our Baby Fingers families and friends! We wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season! Celebrate with us!   In January, Baby Fingers will turn 17!! Follow us on Social Media  @mybabyfingers. We have a new Instagram page with Word of the Week Sign Videos and… Continue Reading

Should I sign with my child?

We partnered with Saywer ( this fall to co-author this post.   At Baby Fingers we offer classes for hearing as well as Deaf families and the benefits are endless. Communication without words…. My baby might be too young for words, but this doesn’t mean she can’t communicate….Did you know that your baby can learn sign… Continue Reading

Meet our Teachers

  who are we?? We are parents and professionals in the world of arts and education – teachers of the Deaf, musicians and actors, ASL teachers, early childhood educators, ASL interpreters, music therapists, college professors and special educators.  We are Baby Fingers Teachers. Mary is a professional actor, stage combat coach, and teacher. Her parents… Continue Reading

4 Seasons 5 Senses

I love autumn – especially once the leaves begin to change colors. It’s nice to live where the seasons change and our senses are truly stimulated by all the beautiful sites, sounds, smells… My friend and colleague, Dawn, who lives in Oregon, is both a children’s author and a sign language teacher. I had the… Continue Reading