Hello! My name is Taylor Seymour and I am the My Smart Hands instructor in the Greater Lafayette, Indiana area. I recently graduated from Purdue University with a major in Psychology and minor in Human Development and Family Studies. I have always held a passion for working with children and my passion for American Sign Language (ASL) began when I enrolled in an ASL course during my undergraduate career at Purdue University. What started as a foreign language requirement turned into a love and passion for ASL. While at Purdue, I completed five ASL courses and was also a teaching assistant for an ASL class. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the language and am excited that I now get the chance to share my knowledge with other families through My Smart Hands.
Along with being a My Smart Hands instructor, I also stay at home to take care of my firstborn, Theodore. One of my favorite activities to do with him is teaching him ASL signs. Incorporating signs into each of our daily activities makes them more fun and educational. I began teaching Theodore signs at 5 months of age and he started producing them at 12 months of age; his first sign was milk. Once he realized that his actions received rewards his signing vocabulary exploded. He currently is 15 months of age and can produce fourteen different words including milk, all done, up, water, eat, more, please, ball, strawberry, cheese, dad, brush (teeth), baby, and thank you. I am continuously introducing new signs and he is continuously adding more signs to his repertoire. I am excited to share my experiences with other families interested in teaching their young ones.
With my combined child development and ASL experiences, I am ecstatic to share all my knowledge and help other families teach their babies ASL signs. If you are interested in participating in a class or want to know more about the class and/or the benefits of teaching your child signs, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.