Supporting Deaf Children and their Parents

PARENT’S ROLE

THE FIRST TEACHER

 

As your childs' first teacher, you play a integral role in his/her future success. Research shows that parental involvement is highly correlated to the outcomes of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. We are here to offer parents the support they need to make informed decisions and be language role models for their children.

 

Mandy longo, m.s. ccc-slp

 

mandy longo is the owner and founder of Signing shadows, llc

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Mandy Longo is a speech-language pathologist who earned her bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from The University of Florida, and her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Gallaudet University.   She works as an early intervention/early childhood service provider for children and families across central Florida, and provides professional development trainings and presentations locally, nationally, and internationally.


Mandy is also involved with Florida Hands & Voices, a non-profit organization that supports Deaf and hard-of-hearing children, their families, and the professionals who serve them.


In 2013, Mandy co-authored her first book, Holding Stories in the Palm of Your Hand, which focuses on narrative instruction and intervention with Story Grammar Marker® for children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The goal is for all children to have a solid first language as well as the metalinguistic skills that enable them to learn a second language, therefore being bilingual in both ASL and English. This book provides criterion-based assessments for narrative macro- and micro-structure for both English and American Sign Language, allowing the user to assess, progress monitor, and develop targeted interventions for both languages.



SERVICES


​Shadow Interpreting

Many theaters offer traditional interpreting, where the interpreters stand off to the side of the stage. Deaf audience members have voiced their displeasure with this service, as they are unable to see the interpretation and the stage at the same time. Shadow Interpreting allows the patron to see the language and the action on stage all at the same time, by placing one interpreter with each actor. This style of interpreting is much more accessible to the deaf audience member and is a very fun experience for both the actors and the interpreters.


If your theater would like to consider offering shadow interpreting for one or more shows, contact Mandy Longo at mandygo@aol.com.


Educational Programs

The Signing Shadows team is more than happy to set up an educational program to share information with youth regarding shadow interpreting, ASL, language development, or other topics.


Volunteering

​The Signing Shadows team volunteers their time to The Orlando Shakespeare Theater, by offering to provide ASL Shadow Interpreted Performances for all of their children's plays. Check out the 'EVENTS' page to see when our next show is, and check us out on YouTube.