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Dominique E.

Bethesda, MD

$55/hr

American Sign Language: Individual & Group Instruction

Background check passed as of 10/18/12
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American Sign Language: Individual & Group Instruction

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I am fluent and skilled in American Sign Language and Deaf culture, as I am personally acquainted with the language and culture. I am skilled lip reader. My classes/sessions can be voiced, so there is no difficulty of clarity.

My sessions are creative, fun, exciting, and informative. One who typically participates in my sessions and/or classes learns more than 500- 750 signs within a 6-8 week period, Deaf education, and signing etiquette. Students also learn emergency signs and to learn how to sign their favorite song(s). At the end of the session students are able to generate basic conversation with the Deaf/HOH population with ease.

I have more than thirty (30) years of experience serving in the areas of Mental Health, Recreation Therapy, Crisis Management, Behavior Management, Individual, Group, & Family Therapy, Conflict Resolution, Alzheimer's Program Planning, Addiction Therapy services, American Sign Language and providing educational seminars/workshops related to Mental Health and Substance Abuse topics while working with persons of all ages, for both the hearing and Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (HOH) communities.

My clinical experience supports me being very patient to work with all learners.

I am very familiar with the Deaf/HOH community, as I am a member of it, and I can offer additional information regarding Deaf Education, Deaf Culture & Sensitivities, slangs, and fun things to know, just to name a few.

My experience working with children and youth include, American Sign Language Instruction of all ages, Camp Director of Summer Camp programs, individual and group therapy sessions, planning and designing birthday, holiday, and theme event activities, Behavior Management Planning, Staff & Development Training of teens, and persons providing services for youth, residential counseling, Gymboree, and ABA support services, just to name a few.

My past experience includes American Sign Language Interpreting Instruction focusing on Religious Studies and serve as an ASL Adjunct Professor for local colleges. I have served many years as an interpreter for all settings and events. I facilitate topics at local and national Interpreting conferences monthly.

I have my own company so it allows me flexibility with my schedule. I have a passion for bridging the gap between the Deaf/HOH communities from teaching (hearing) toddlers ASL so they can learn how to communicate their needs at an early age, teaching persons having experienced a catastrophic illness or injury that has limited their verbal communication, teaching Seniors who have lost their ability to communicate verbally, and/ or for anyone at any age who desires to learn.

Looking forward to working with you soon. I welcome all learners.

Happy Signing!

Testimonials

"Professional Tutor"

- Alexander, Gaithersburg, MD on 10/16/13
Language:
Sign Language
Special Needs:
Hard Of Hearing
Corporate Training:
Sign Language

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Hard Of Hearing

Hearing Impaired- this session may be a consideration for the hearing person who now has some deficits in communicating, perhaps an illness, accident, or related to senior aging, and requires non-verbal methods of communication. The student will learn new coping skills with a focus on emergency skills and notification signs.

Students will have a face to face interaction with an instructor who is Hard-of-Hearing (HOH), and has been using American Sign Language as their primary method of communication. The Instructor is a skilled lip reader and uses voice to communicate with and in the hearing community. The student will gain personal insight into the life of one whom is HOH, the idioms, slangs, and language.

The Instructor has offered ASL instruction for more than 30 + years for toddlers, to ensure better communication with parents until they learn how to vocally communicate, for interested children and youth, and for senior adults who have lost the capability to vocalize their needs. The sign language instruction that has been offered has been instrumental for persons who have had major illnesses or traumatic experiences causing them not to communicate verbally.

The Instructors instruction has been in academic/educational, corporate, and religious settings.

Students will learn about Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (HOH) culture and the community, basic finger-spelling, vocabulary, grammatical non-manual signs, gesture exercises to develop ASL enhancement, basic ASL rules, emergency signs, and approximately 500-750 signs, numbers, all with the emphasis on clarity and accuracy.

Students will learn about Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (HOH) culture and the community, basic finger-spelling, vocabulary, grammatical non-manual signs, gesture exercises to develop ASL enhancement, basic ASL rules, emergency signs, and approximately 500-750 signs, numbers, all with the emphasis on clarity and accuracy.

Students will also learn basic signing structure, and learn how to sign their favorite song(s). This course's goal is to secure communicative competence.

Sign Language

Students will have a face to face interaction with an instructor who is Hard-of-Hearing (HOH), and has been using American Sign Language as their primary method of communication. The Instructor is a skilled lip reader and uses voice to communicate with and in the hearing community. The student will gain personal insight into the life of one whom is HOH, the idioms, slangs, and language.

The Instructor has offered ASL instruction for more than 30 + years for toddlers, to ensure better communication with parents until they learn how to vocally communicate, for interested children and youth, and for senior adults who have lost the capability to vocalize their needs. The sign language instruction that has been offered has been instrumental for persons who have had major illnesses or traumatic experiences causing them not to communicate verbally.

The Instructors instruction has been in academic/educational, corporate, and religious settings.

Students will learn about Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (HOH) culture and the community, basic finger-spelling, vocabulary, grammatical non-manual signs, gesture exercises to develop ASL enhancement, basic ASL rules, emergency signs, and approximately 500-750 signs, numbers, all with the emphasis on clarity and accuracy.

Students will also learn basic signing structure, and learn how to sign their favorite song(s). This course's goal is to secure communicative competence.

Dominique’s Resources

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American Sign Language is a fun language to learn.  It is not only the primary language for some Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons, but it is essential to learn for those persons who perhaps have lost their vocal ability or babies and toddlers who have limited vocal ability.   It is a fun language to learn individually and even more with a group.   Try American... read more

Talking with your hands can be a fun, full, and free way of exposing yourself to a new culture ... the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (HOH) communities. When voicing isn't an option, your hands help communicating easy.

Professional Tutor — Dominique is pretty much as good as you can expect a tutor to be. She kept in contact before the session, came on time, was prepared, was flexible as far as her lesson went, had knowledge on what to teach and when to teach it, provided information in a very clear and concise way, gave homework that was relevant and fun, and was also just a very nice person. She also followed up to find out how I ...

— Alexander, Gaithersburg, MD on 10/16/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $55.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

If you must cancel two hours or less of the agreed scheduled session, there will be a charge of $25.00. Group rates of parties 2 or more have special amended rates.

Travel policy

Dominique will travel within 40 miles of Bethesda, MD 20814.


About Dominique

I am fluent and skilled in American Sign Language and Deaf culture, as I am personally acquainted with the language and culture. I am skilled lip reader. My classes/sessions can be voiced, so there is no difficulty of clarity.

My sessions are creative, fun, exciting, and informative. One who typically participates in my sessions and/or classes learns more than 500- 750 signs within a 6-8 week period, Deaf education, and signing etiquette. Students also learn emergency signs and to learn how to sign their favorite song(s). At the end of the session students are able to generate basic conversation with the Deaf/HOH population with ease.

I have more than thirty (30) years of experience serving in the areas of Mental Health, Recreation Therapy, Crisis Management, Behavior Management, Individual, Group, & Family Therapy, Conflict Resolution, Alzheimer's Program Planning, Addiction Therapy services, American Sign Language and providing educational seminars/workshops related to Mental Health and Substance Abuse topics while working with persons of all ages, for both the hearing and Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (HOH) communities.

My clinical experience supports me being very patient to work with all learners.

I am very familiar with the Deaf/HOH community, as I am a member of it, and I can offer additional information regarding Deaf Education, Deaf Culture & Sensitivities, slangs, and fun things to know, just to name a few.

My experience working with children and youth include, American Sign Language Instruction of all ages, Camp Director of Summer Camp programs, individual and group therapy sessions, planning and designing birthday, holiday, and theme event activities, Behavior Management Planning, Staff & Development Training of teens, and persons providing services for youth, residential counseling, Gymboree, and ABA support services, just to name a few.

My past experience includes American Sign Language Interpreting Instruction focusing on Religious Studies and serve as an ASL Adjunct Professor for local colleges. I have served many years as an interpreter for all settings and events. I facilitate topics at local and national Interpreting conferences monthly.

I have my own company so it allows me flexibility with my schedule. I have a passion for bridging the gap between the Deaf/HOH communities from teaching (hearing) toddlers ASL so they can learn how to communicate their needs at an early age, teaching persons having experienced a catastrophic illness or injury that has limited their verbal communication, teaching Seniors who have lost their ability to communicate verbally, and/ or for anyone at any age who desires to learn.

Looking forward to working with you soon. I welcome all learners.

Happy Signing!

Testimonials

"Professional Tutor"

- Alexander, Gaithersburg, MD on 10/16/13
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Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required

If you must cancel two hours or less of the agreed scheduled session, there will be a charge of $25.00. Group rates of parties 2 or more have special amended rates.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Bethesda, MD 20814

Dominique’s Subjects

Language:
Sign Language
Special Needs:
Hard Of Hearing
Corporate Training:
Sign Language

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Dominique’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Dominique. View all of Dominique’s resources

American Sign Language is a fun language to learn.  It is not only the primary language for some Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons, but it is essential to learn for those persons who perhaps have lost their vocal ability or babies and toddlers who have limited vocal ability.   It is a fun language to learn individually and even more with a group.   Try American... read more

Talking with your hands can be a fun, full, and free way of exposing yourself to a new culture ... the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (HOH) communities. When voicing isn't an option, your hands help communicating easy.


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