In every culture, there are guidelines as to what is most appropriate and what actions need to be avoided. This also holds true for the Deaf community and the hard of hearing population. In Don’t Talk with Your Mouth Full, author Dr. Marie LaBozzetta Laurino provides a host of dos and don’ts when learning to become a signer, communicator, or interpreter.
Laurino presents helpful tips, motivational moments, and facts related to deafness, such as the importance of
• respecting the culture and the community;
• learning the language’s history;
• using signs correctly;
• finding a mentor;
• remembering to breathe.
Don’t Talk with Your Mouth Full provides advice, aphorisms, and encouragement appropriate for both the occasional signer and the American Sign Language interpreter.
Praise for Don’t Talk with Your Mouth Full
“Finally, an easy reference to answer ninety-nine questions I get all the time when people ask me about sign language. These are truisms that are as useful today asthey were twenty years ago and will still be useful twenty years from now.”
—Jerry L. Conner, certified, Florida
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