Knack American Sign Language

A Step-by-Step Guide to Signing

Book Description

While learning a new language isn't a “knack” for everyone, Knack American Sign Language finally makes it easy. The clear layout, succinct information, and topic-specific sign language partnered with high-quality photos enable quick learning. By a “bilingual” author whose parents were both deaf, and photographed by a design professor at the leading deaf university, Gallaudet, it covers all the basic building blocks of communication. It does so with a view to each reader's reason for learning, whether teaching a toddler basic signs or communicating with a deaf coworker. Readers will come away with a usable knowledge base rather than a collection of signs with limited use.

· 450 full-color photos

· American Sign Language

· Intended for people who can hear

· Can be used with babies and young children

About Chafin, Suzie

Suzie Chafin was born hearing to two profoundly deaf parents, Margie and John Coggins-Peckham who met at Galludet University, a hearing impaired college for the deaf in Washington, D.C. Truly bi-lingual and bi-cultural, Suzie understands the Deaf community and culture as one who actively lived and breathed this world. Translating from an early age, American Sign Language was Suzie's first language giving her a breadth of understanding of this complex language and community.

As an author, Suzie has published “Your Pregnancy Devotional: 280 Days of Prayer and Inspiration” (Adams Media, 2006, ISBN-10: 1598692259). Suzie also contributes to's Guide to Parenting Multiples, writing articles on maintaining a marriage in a multiple birth home, preparing siblings for the birth of multiples, speech delays in multiples, and post partum depression. In 2004, her articles were published in Dallas Child and Baby Dallas magazines. In 2007, Suzie Chafin was featured as a special guest on the television broadcast, “Its Your Call with Lynn Doyle”. Suzie Chafin also speaks on a variety of parenting topics.

Photographer John Grindstaff is former chair of the art department at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and currently an associate professor of photography at this renowned university for the deaf. He regularly exhibits his woork at galleries in Washington, DC. As a student he completed an internship with renowned portrait photographer Annie Liebovitz.