Instructor

Richelle was raised in a military family and always seemed to be the new kid in school. This led to a natural interest in communicating well with others, and she earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. After 7 years in the newspaper industry, she realized she wanted to be more of service to the world, and so obtained a master’s degree in social work from the University of Louisville. Her day job now is as a clinical social worker helping adults, children, and families. She became interested in signing with her baby long before she was pregnant, when some friends began signing with their young son and she saw how it helped him get his needs met. When her daughter Evie was born, she started learning more about ASL and became interested in the language itself. Learning to sign with her baby has been an enriching experience that led Richelle to want to teach others to communicate with their babies. Today she and her husband sign with Evie daily, and the grandparents and baby sitters have gotten in on the act. Richelle would love to teach other families how to incorporate baby signing into their lives.

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