An all-round excellent communicator, Phi Beta Kappa scholar Mimi Vance has been honored with the U.S. State Department Meritorious Honor Award for outstanding service, was Summa Cum Laude in her undergraduate program and co-valedictorian in her master's program at Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. A Rotary Foundation International Scholar, she graduated in linguistics study at the University of Nairobi. She has worked at the Ventana Wilderness Sanctuary in Big Sur, California, the African Wildlife Foundation in, Washington DC, the U.S. Department of State, as a general services officer in Bujumbura, Burundi, in the Consular Office in Cape Town South Africa, and as special assistant to U.S. Ambassador Pamela Harriman, as well as other U.S. State Department roles in Paris, Panama, and the United States. Since moving to Houston, she has served as director of Corporate Programs for the Houston Zoo and been an external affairs development officer for Trees for Houston.
Milk and More: Sharing Sign Language with Your Childby Mimi Brian Vance, Rosemarie Gillen
Baby Ellis is hungry, but he can't talk, and neither can his friends BB the Black Bear and Ducky”except, that is, to each other. What can they do? They say it with sign language. Ellis lets his hands do the talking, and soon all their bellies are full. Milk and More is the first Words by the Handful story. This series of children's concept/picture books teaches American Sign Language (ASL) to babies and their families through interactive and entertaining stories. Baby sign language”the use of ASL with preverbal babies and toddlers”is a growing phenomenon. Parents marvel when babies talk long before they can form words, and research confirms that the twos of signing infants are less terrible. The cognitive and developmental benefits of baby sign language are quite impressive. The drive to enhance intelligence in our youngest children is helping baby sign language find its way into the mainstream.
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