Practical Sign Language for the Healthcare Professional




6 CEUs for massage therapists, athletic trainers, NJ chiropractors and NJ chiropractic assistants

Upon completion, students in this class should be able to:

  • Communicate basic questions and understand simple answers from the Deaf/Hard of Hearing patient
  • Study and use the American Sign Language (ASL) alphabet
  • Recognize the differences between English & American Sign Language
  • Identify differences between hearing and deaf culture
  • “Say” words in ASL that are relevant to healthcare practice

This class will be practical in nature so that healthcare professionals will be able to use what they have learned to communicate better on intake and during treatment with hard of hearing or deaf patients. The course will include learning phrases and words that would be used in a healthcare setting.  This should ensure an overall improved patient care experience.

Method of Instruction: Lecture, Demonstration and Hands-On Practice

Course Outline:
1. Introduction to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Patient
a. the benefits of learning sign language and increased quality of care that arises
b. introduction to Deaf Culture
c. communication skills and working with an interpreter
d. obtaining a more accurate medical history
2. Learning American Sign Language
a. Fingerspelling
b. Grammar
c. Practice!!! Role Play & Dialogue


Kristin Steinmetz is a Certified American Sign Language Interpreter who has worked throughout the communities of New York and New Jersey since 2005. She has worked
in various freelance settings including medical, platform, business and educational. Kristin has held her National RID Certification (NIC) since 2009 and is also listed as a qualified interpreter through the NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In addition, she is a photographer and the mother of 2 girls.

Additional information


Friday, March 27, 2020 9:00am-3:30pm