ASL Lab

The American Sign Language Lab is open to enrolled ASL students across all levels.  It is housed within a shared space in Diffenbaugh, and has evolved to become an integral component of the ASL program.  Lab sessions provide students with opportunities to apply foundational language knowledge in small group settings.

ASL Lab facilitators are selected based on performance in the ASL courses and can earn independent studies credit by simultaneously enrolling in the associated Applications of Research course (SPA 3801), which fulfills a requirement for earning Honors in ASL.  In addition to developing their own signing skills, these positions provide students with foundational opportunities to explore the evidence-based underpinnings of facilitating language, which is paramount to future careers.

 

Lead Lab Facilitators

Julianne I. is from Tampa, Fl. She is currently a senior in the Communication Science and Disorders major working towards becoming a speech language pathologist. She loves being an ASL lab facilitator because it helps her to continue growing her signing knowledge while helping others do the same!

Rayna R. is a Lead Lab Facilitator for the ASL program at Florida State University. She is double majoring in Psychology and Communication Science and Disorders. She has also received her Developmental Disabilities Certificate by volunteering at a preschool for children with disabilities here in Tallahassee. Rayna instantly fell in love with American Sign Language and has been signing ever since. While balancing her classwork, Rayna is also involved with several different organizations such as, NSSLHA and ASLHS. Along with on campus involvement, Rayna also is a part of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Educational Outreach program. After graduation, she wishes to go to graduate school to pursue a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Her future goal is to help facilitate language and work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children.

ASL 1 (Beginning) and ASL 2 (Intermediate)

Jaclynn H., or Jackie, is a Communication Sciences and Disorders major.  She is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), so ASL is technically her first language, and she also has a Deaf brother.  She is excited about her involvement in the ASL program to help her re-learn the grammar of her native language.  She is from Lenox, MA, but chose FSU for the CSD program and warmer weather!

Amanda P. is a junior at Florida State University from Naples, FL. She is majoring in Communication Science and Disorders with the goal of becoming a pediatric audiologist. At FSU, she is involved with Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, Student Academy of Audiology, and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. In addition to being the president of the ASL Club, this year she participates in the DHH educational outreach program at local middle school.

Christina V. is a Senior from Port Charlotte, Florida studying Communication Science and Disorders with a minor in Social Welfare. In the future, she hopes to work as a Speech Pathologist in the NICU setting. Besides her involvement as a D/HH tutor and ASL lab facilitator, Christina is the volunteer coordinator for Camp Kesem, an organization that provides a free week of summer camp to kids affected by their parents' cancer. In addition, Christina helps facilitate swim sessions for kids with various disabilities as the Vice President of Splash Pals. As a University Ambassador for FSU, she spends a lot of her time speaking with perspective students and families. Christina is extremely excited about serving as a lab facilitator and enjoys watching her peers expand their skills and knowledge.

Cailan G. is a junior from Tallahassee, Fl majoring in Communication Science and Disorders with a minor in Psychology and Child Development. On campus, Cailan is involved in Phi Mu Sorority, University Ambassadors, ASL Club, The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, and NSSLHA. She has also has been serving as the External Fundraising Coordinator for Dance Marathon at FSU for the past two years, and is passionate in supporting the fight against pediatric illness and injury. As a lab facilitator, Cailan is excited to grow in her knowledge and love for ASL as she guides others to do the same!

Niki S. is from Cape Coral. She is a senior in the Communication Science and Disorders program. I am in ASL 3 and will be graduating with ASL honors. Her hope is to become a speech-language pathologist and her passion is to work with the older population.

 

Samantha S. is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is a senior in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program and plans on attending graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology. She began learning ASL in middle school and hopes to use ASL in her future career. Samantha is also minoring in Child Development and received a certificate in Developmental Disabilities. At FSU, she is involved in NSSLHA, ASL Honor Society, ASL Club and numerous volunteering organizations.

Kate B. is a senior at Florida State University majoring in Communication Science and Disorders with a minor in Child Growth and Development. She is the Vice President of the American Sign Language club at FSU. Kate started learning ASL her junior year at Florida State University in hopes to learn more about the Deaf Culture so she can accurately advocate for them as a Speech Language Pathologist. As the ASL Club Vice President and Lab Facilitator, she hopes to share her knowledge and love for ASL!

Kiersten G. is a senior from Jacksonville, Florida majoring in Communication Science and Disorders and minoring in Child Development. On campus, Kiersten is involved in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, SGA, and NSSLHA.  She is so excited about her position as a Lab Facilitator and helping her peers learn more about ASL. After graduation, she hopes to attend a speech pathology master’s program and work with the pediatric population.

 

ASL 3 (Advanced)

Lindsay S. is a senior from Weston, Florida studying Communication Science and Disorders with a minor in Family and Child Sciences.  She plans on attending graduate school next year to receive her master’s degree and hopes to become a Speech Language Pathologist working with children. Lindsay discovered a passion for ASL after taking her first course. Outside of the classroom, Lindsay is involved in various organizations, including National Student Speech Hearing and Language Association, American Sign Language Club, and Student Academy of Audiology.  Lindsay enjoys sharing her knowledge of ASL with others and is excited about serving as a lab facilitator to help her peers enhance their signing skills.

 

Lauren W. is a senior from Ponte Vedra, FL studying Communication Science and Disorders with a minor in Childhood Development. In addition, she is currently pursuing the Developmental Disabilities Certificate. She is the treasurer and secretary of the FSU ASL Club and is involved in the Educational Outreach program, where she works with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at a local elementary school. At FSU, she involves herself in NSSLHA, SAA, ASLHS, and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She is passionate about ASL and hopes to share this with her peers as a lab facilitator!

Content Labs

Optional opportunities for students to participate in group activities specific to course content.

Rotation Labs

Required breakout sessions during classtime to apply foundational knowledge, particularly related to vocabulary, in smaller group settings.

Drop-In Labs

Optional opportunity for students to work on required assignments or supplementary practice in small groups with assistance from lab facilitators.