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Promoting Language Acquisition for Youth
Resources and individualized instruction to foster school readiness and enhance parenting skills. FCD collaborates with the home bound and pre-kindergarten school programs to improve continuity between home and school as well as providing recreational outings outside of school hours and during the summer to build peer support, increase language development and enhance parenting techniques.
Birth - 5 Youth and Family Support Specialist, introduces herself!
I was born and raised on Long Island, New York, attended mainstream school, only to understand Deaf Culture and accommodations better after I started college. Got one Cochlear implant at the age of 2.5 years old and utilize it frequently. I like fast things, am an outdoor lover, and full of energy always doing many things at once. I attended University of Washington, State College of Florida, Rochester Institute of Technology and University of South Florida. I changed my degree from Applied Mathematics to a bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies and graduated with a master’s degree in Adult Education while ASL Lab Tutor student and Teacher Assistant. Taught ASL at Hillsborough Community College, high school, on various online platforms, Self-Reliance Inc., libraries, and more. Teaching Driving Education, USA Citizenship, Computer Skill, English, and Math to Deaf clients and am a Deaf Mentor with Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, serving 0-6 in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Manatee counties. As of 2023- I became a certified VCSL (Visucal Communication and Sign Language Checklist) ASL Evaluator through REAL (Regional Early Acquisiton of Language) and Gallaudet. Also, I am an actor for ASL textbooks nationwide, movie filming, and USF Health Department.
(All Ages) A parent-governed group meets regularly to foster peer support, share experiences and information. Supervised activities that build self-esteem and cultural identity, as well as improving communication skills, are provided for children during adult sessions. Additional recreational activities provide opportunities of socialization and building relationships for families.