Getting Close To A Breakthrough: In-Depth Post #3


So, it’s week six and I’m still without a mentor which is pretty frustrating but I am really trying everything I can to get one. So far everyone I’ve tried to contact is either moved away or is too busy to help me which sucks. But I have not given up! This week I got in email contact with Max Vincent from the Hearing Resource Department of SD43. I gave him the details of the project and he is searching for someone who would be available and able to meet my needs. Once again I’m awaiting a response, so fingers crossed. This week I also talked to Ms. Cridge at Gleneagle about finding a mentor. She also offered to get me in contact with some people she knows that sign. However, she did stress that the people she knew were very busy, one of them being pregnant.

Nevertheless, I am still learning sign whenever I can between searching for a mentor or doing other school work. In the last week I started learning some basic gestures such as “Hi, how are you?” “Good morning,” “Good afternoon,” and “Good night.” My finger spelling has also come a long way in the last little bit, which is exciting. I tried to upload another couple videos but my computer wouldn’t let me. So I’ll try to get them up in my next post.

As for answering some of the questions here are some of my answers to the questions that I could answer.

  1. How many times are we going to be meeting? How regular? How long is each session? Time commitment?

Although it depends on my mentor’s schedule, I’d like to be meeting at least once every week or two. Meetings, depending on how much content is being covered, will probably be around an hour or two. If that doesn’t work with my mentor we could meet every, say, three weeks or so for a longer time and cover a couple blog posts.

  1. How are we going to be communicating? Online? In person? Over the phone?

Preferably, I’d like to meet in person. I think with something like ASL which has so many components that are hands on, it’s best to learn it in a face to face environment. Over the phone definitely would be my last option as I wouldn’t be able to see them. Perhaps Skype or some other kind of video chat would work too.

  1. How do we maintain our connection with one another?

The best way to keep connection would be over email. It’s safe and reliable, and allows me to keep track of what has been said.

All in all, it’s been definite challenge this year with the mentor situation. But I think I’ve learned a lot from this experience. Although it’s frustrating to be looking with no reward, it’s shown me that I can’t expect everything to always come together easily. It’s also helped me meet some of my goals for this year. One being raising my confidence levels and not being afraid to reach out and talk to people. This is something I’ve had to do a lot because I’ve been trying to get in contact with complete strangers. Anyways that’s just little update on my progress so far, hopefully I get to that breakthrough.


Alphabet Aerobics: In-Depth Post #2


Over the past few weeks I have been working on two main goals; finding a mentor and working on my ASL skills on my own. As for finding a mentor I haven’t been very lucky. I tried to get in touch with several potential mentors, and all the options lead to dead ends. I have however recently found a couple more possibilities for mentors that look promising. Rob Luinenberg, a retired hearing impaired educator and friend of my mom, may be available. The phone number my mom had for him was out of service, so I tried him on email and I am awaiting a response. Just in case that doesn’t work, I am trying to find a new phone number for him.

On to my progress so far I have learnt the ASL alphabet, and have begun to finger spell words like my name and favourite colour. There are tons of ASL apps out there, a few of which I downloaded and have been using. You can play memory games and watch videos that help with finger spelling and word memorization.

Here is a video of me finger spelling the ASL alphabet…

It didn’t me long to learn the alphabet itself, but putting the letters together to form words is a bit more complicated as you’re not just going through the motions of the alphabet and you don’t have the song to go along! However, I have been making lots of progress and I’m super excited to keep learning. It’s also helpful to learn these basic skills before I meet with my mentor, because this way when we do meet we can focus on the more challenging things I want to learn.

ASL alphabet