My Name is Libby Quinn. I am a stay at home mom. About 7 years ago, I met a girl (now one of my closest friends) who is Deaf. I began Fingerspelling (spelling out words in the sign language alphabet) so I could talk with her. Through our conversations, I started to learn the signs for words which made for a much easier conversation. I fell in love with the language.
About two years later, my husband and I moved from Arlington, TX to Houston, TX where I signed up for some sign language courses.
After my semester, my husband got a transfer to Tucson, AZ. I signed up for school, but being a non-resident of AZ was ridiculously expensive. So, I decided to call around to work or volunteer in the Deaf community so as not to lose my signing skills.
Right away I started work for the Community Outreach Program for the Deaf where I worked as a job developer with Deaf teens working their first jobs. I loved being involved with the Deaf kids. After the summer program was over, I volunteered at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. Two months later, I was hired as an instructional aide for the Deaf school. I worked with the elementary life skills and also elementary academics. When I became pregnant, I was moved into middle and high school academics.
After my daughter was born, I planned to go back to work at the school part time, but soon decided to become a stay at home mom which I value immensely. I began signing with my daughter at the age of four months.
Sign language has been a huge part of our lives. It has enabled us to communicate since before she was able to verbally speak. Using sign language has helped us create a less frustrating communication experience and in turn build a better bond between us.
After my daughter turned a year, I began to miss using sign language with other people. So, I decided to see if anyone wanted to learn the language and use it as I did to help build confidence in a parent-child bonding experience. I began teaching my friends out of my home. As I saw how it changed their lives, I began to love the language even more. It was just amazing to be able to see the parents and children use sign language to communicate.
I am still a stay at home mom and have decided to start the Sign With Babies business to enjoy doing two things that I love, communicating with my child and using sign language, and hoping others will love it too!