We Are BACK!

Just two years ago I announced that Signing Time had gone off the air.
In 2008, my sister Emilie and I did not renew our contract to keep Signing Time on public television because:
We didn’t have a sponsor
We didn’t have a grant
We couldn’t come up with the production capital (a million bucks per 13 episodes) to keep cranking out episodes of Signing Time.

The real bummer was that stations and fans were still requesting the show. You just love us, don’t you;)

Not much has changed, we still don’t have a sponsor and we still don’t have a grant and we’re still paying off that loan AND we still have public television stations asking us if they can air Signing Time. At every single outreach event I have had over the past two years, no matter where I am singing and signing, someone asks when we are coming back to public television.

And so…

(drum roll please)

Turn on your TVs folks because beginning October 4, 2010 (THAT’s TODAY) we have given your public television stations the right to air Signing Time for the next two years!! I think we should all stand up and do The Diaper Dance!

The shows have been remastered and our Presenting Station is Vegas PBS. Please swing by and show them some LOVE!

What this means: Well it means that over the next two years your stations CAN choose to air Signing Time, it does not mean that they WILL choose to air it.

If you really want to express your desire to see Signing Time then do what you would naturally do. And I KNOW what you naturally do because I work at Two Little Hands Productions. Every day at Two Little Hands Productions we get the most amazing, tear-jerking stories that are totally unsolicited. EVERY DAY we get them… beautiful, amazing, touching stories. Your stories.

DOs
Send your photos and send YOUR story to your local station. Share what Signing Time has done for you and what you see it would contribute to your community if it was available in your area on public television.

DON’Ts
I DO NOT recommend that you put together a “Get Signing Time on the Air Campaign.” I really don’t. First of all, it is just a bother to the stations and it looks so fake and orchestrated. Even if it’s not fake, when it is orchestrated it looks fake. So, please don’t do that.

And finally… If your station is already airing Signing Time, be sure to thank them!

I don’t know about you but I’m going to do The Diaper Dance again, just because I can!!

72 thoughts on “We Are BACK!

  1. That is Fantastic!! I hope they play it here.

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    There’s a good chance that if they showed Signing Time before they will consider airing it again. You can contact your station and ask.

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    Nan Reply:

    Signing Time airs everyday at noon on Vegas PBS! My sister taught her daughter in Guam as she heard about your program and I’m glad to hear that Vegas PBS airs it every weekday :)

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    Celeste Reply:

    Here in Vegas, you can go to the library and check out all the DVD’s and CD’s as well. My son just loves his :babies”, as he calls them. Each morning I am woken to the word – babies?, he just can’t wait to start his day with an episode.

  2. How do we find out if our station is playing it?

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    You can contact your station and ask if the are planning on airing it. Some may not even realize that it is available. Just don’t call them over and over every day.

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  3. Signing Time rocks! So does the Diaper Dance, LOL! PBS out of NY doesn’t seem to be airing it…bummer. I’d love to be able to turn on channel 13 and see Signing Time! :)

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    Tiffany Reply:

    I went onto WNET 13′s website and wrote to them under the contact us section explaining that they should show this progam and listed the benefits of showing the program. Maybe if enough of us NY’ers band together and flood their inboxes, they will consider showing it!

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    They are officially able to air it Oct 4, some don’t have a slot for it right now, it depends on their programming schedule. It’s not a problem to email them and ask if they have considered airing it. Again I DO NOT recommend flooding inboxes. It doesn’t work and often backfires. They get mad at me and they will think I asked you to band together and annoy them.

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  4. YAY!!! Doing the Diaper Dance (and you know I can)
    :)
    Next thing to do is check to see you PBS Minneapolis has picked you up here yet.
    Glad you are back
    Ronai

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    Oh I KNOW you can! You should let your station know about your Signing Time Community Event. You have the proof that your community would love it:)

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  5. Hm. For those of us who don’t have a television… does PBS stream online at all?

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    Probably not, it’s technically not distributed by PBS. It is not in the PBS kidsblock or anything like that. Each station can choose to air Signing Time or not.

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  6. This is such great news! I hope our station airs it – Georgia would be so excited to see her favorite show on live TV!

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    If you have cable you can still catch Signing Time music videos on the Move To The Music section on Nick Jr.

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  7. We adopted 2 gorgeous daughters my oldest is 4 and was totally addicted to Signing Time. We have a few DVD’s. But I suddenly realized my youngest (2) doesn’t know colors or shapes very well. So we started playing the dvd’s again. I am SOOO excited this will be back on the air again! Thank you so much

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    You are welcome! Enjoy:)

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  8. Wahoo! Such good news and can’t wait to see if the PBS stations in Salt Lake City both pick it up! Love you Signing Time!

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    UEN carried it before, hopefully they will carry it again.

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  9. What great news! I’m hoping they’ll choose to play it in my area…for the benefit of my son and two non-verbal autistic nephews.

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    That’s the kind of thing that it great to share with them

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  10. OMG we can wait to see who’s showing it. Hopefully channel 11 because the world needs to see it. Hailey my granddaughter is 1 today and has been signing since 5 months. We have shared the idea with so many autistic and special childrenand their parents. My nephew Nolan has Down Syndrome and we were turned on to Signing Times by him.

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    Thanks Shauna, I’m excited to see which stations pick it up again as well. If yours does air it, let me know!

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  11. Congratulations! That is terrific news and I am so excited and happy for you guys! Like others, I now want to find out where and when it is playing in my area.

    Any chance you would have your DVDs available on an internet DVD company like Netflix? I own some DVDs and my local library has some (I keep asking them to buy the whole set and several sets too!) but it would be great to get them through a program like Netflix. I don’t know if going through an internet DVD company would be a good business decision for you. (But it would be great advertising and hopefully would encourage more people to buy for themselves or as gifts too.) I just know I would love to have all the DVDs available for my kids.

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    Hema, Netflix has an area where you can make recommendations of shows you would like to have available.

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  12. I hope PBS in LA plays it! We are way up in the high desert but that is where we get our PBS…. I will definately send a letter!

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    There are a couple of stations that cover the LA area and a couple of them have carried Signing Time in the past.

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  13. I’m smiling ear to ear; will definitely plug ST! to our local PBS station. Believe it or not, we still have two episodes on our DVR from when it used to air. I just sang several ST bedtime songs to my daughter tonight and we read from two of the board books; new board books are going to be a December bday present for her. Signing Time rocks!

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  14. Yay Vegas PBS airs it every weekday at noon. Great program. Thanks Rachel and thanks to our local PBS statiton for realizing the benefit of this program to our people. I’m spreading the word to all I know!

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  15. Love this, Rachel. Congratulations to you and all! Great blog and great blog post. Thankful to Vegas PBS. Hoping for continued success in your relaunch. Great meaningful series.

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  16. Congratulations and good for you folks at TLH. Best wishes for continued success.

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    Andrew, it is always good to hear from you. Emilie and I were just chatting about you yesterday. We really appreciate how you watched out for us. I know it was “your job” but really, we recognize what you did above and beyond that.

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    Andrew Reply:

    Thanks for the kind thoughts.

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  18. Hi Rachel, I’m from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, & loved all those baby signing time DVD and I also have a few signing time as well… I was very excited to find out it was going on air on PBS, which we have, the channel is located in Boston, and another one in Seattle… but I went on there website www.wpbstv.org/Whats-On.htm and I don’t see it in the schedule, do you know at what time and what day it will pass? Tks, Chantal

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    Chantal, it is not on at a universal time or day. Some stations will air it, some won’t. Some have already started and some will air it next year. Check with your station to see if they have it scheduled. You might even first go to their website and search “Signing Time” to see if it’s scheduled.

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  19. I think I would like to point out to our local station that my hometown of Huntville,AL has the third highest rate of autism in the country and make them aware of the benefits of signing for ASD children.
    As a former ABA therapist, mother of a two-year-old who benefited from signing and expectant mother of our second child with whom we will certainly use signing – I cannot more strongly advocate this!
    We will do our best to get signing time here on Alabama Public Television!

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    Frazzalicious, Thank you for spreading the word. It is clear you really understand the importance. Let me know what kind of feedback you get from your station.

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  20. Fantastic!

    Also, I jumped on this AM to see what the birthday surprise would be, but no post yet. So, though not related to the post above:

    HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, AMAZING Birthday to YOU, Rachel! I hope it is absolutely, 100%, nothing-short-of the BEST birthday ever for you!

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    Thanks Rebecca, this morning I was on a plane heading to Boston for a Buddy Walk on Sunday.

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  21. Great News….Thanks for making such a huge difference in our daughter’s life ! You have inspired my wife to open the Florida Chapter of Hands and Voices.

    Happy Birthday !!!

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    Todd, You are welcome! Wow, looks like your family is making a difference in Florida for many deaf children… now and in the future.

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  22. We’re really excited to see Signing Time back on the air on our local PBS station.

    Fun Note: Just as Rachel was teaching the sign “shake” on the “Move and Groove” DVD this morning the whole house shook – from the roof on down. Turns out we had an earthquake in Oklahoma at precisely that moment. Maybe we should go back to “ABC Signs” for a couple of days… :-)

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  23. Yay!! That is really great news. My son started talking really late and Signing Time was a huge part of his early life. He still asks me about that show with the “lady with tape on her fingers”, so awesome that you’re coming back!

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  24. That’s great news! I will ask our stations here in SF and Berkeley about it (also Seattle where we spend a lot of time).
    We started signing with our son at 5 months and he seemed to love it. We all love signing together and have decided that we would like ASL to be his second language (he is hearing without any developmental issues). Signing time are the only DVDs he watches. He loves them. I have to admit I liked the original Baby Signing Times better (with the cousins rather than cartoons) but we bought the newer ones for him.
    I can’t believe you aren’t sponsored or have a grant given the amazing power of signing that your work has proven. We are amazed by how much he knows and happy that he continues to use his signing even as he is now speaking as well.
    Do you have any suggestions of the best way to continue to teach him as he acquires language (he is almost 2)? We live in the Bay area in CA and were thinking we all need to do something together to further our language skills (a tutor or connect with the deaf community somehow).

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  25. We taught my hearing daughter signing as a baby and it really made life easier for all. As she learned to speak, our signing drifted off.
    When ‘Signing Time’ came back on TV last month, my daughter is enthusiastically embracing signing again. In one month she has learnt over 100 new signs and the entire alphabet. These are skills that are going to stay with our entire lives! Signing Time is something we look forward to as a family.

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  26. I’m so glad to hear it’s back on, my two girls, 4 and 1 1/2, love signing time. We do have many of the DVDs and play them constantly. My youngest loves baby signing time, her favorite song is, “The diaper dance.” Me personally, love all the songs, especially “Shine.” My niece 1yr. now, is a special needs baby, she was born early and Dr.s said she wouldn’t make it, but shes still here a year later. With your permission, I’d like to re-sing the Shine song with her name, along with others, in it and post it on facebook for my sister.

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  27. My 14 month old daughter LOVES her Baby Signing Time DVDs and she has be saying and signing dozens of words from them since she was ~11 months old. No offense, but those same 4 videos a bazillion times were driving my wife and I insane :-) We just moved to Las Vegas a month ago, so we are ecstatic to be able to expand her Signing Time horizons a little bit. Our DVR already has 20+ episodes on it, thanks Rachel!

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    Brandon, all 26 episodes are also available on www.signingtime.com I’ve written over 100 songs, so please… there is no need to go insane.
    We also have some you won’t see on PBS like Story Time, Sing & Sign and Practice Time ABCs and 123s.

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    Chantal Reply:

    Happy to hear they are also available on your website, but where can I view them, I can’t find them? Thank you, Chantal

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  28. Congrats! Do you know if they will be available to watch on the internet through PBS?

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    Shanna, that is not likely. Each local station can choose whether or not to air Signing Time since we are not a PBS Kids Block show. Contact your local stations and ask them.

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  29. … just looking at some resources for a different project and I ran across the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation … sounds like they provide grants for the sort of things the ST! Foundation would like to do … specialty playgrounds, educational development for special needs, … take a look at their annual reports online … it may be useful to you if your are still looking for project grants…

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  30. Hi Rachel:
    My 2yrs old Son is been rencently diagnosis with Autism so my Husband and I decided to give him for Christmas some of the Signing Time DVDs and he love it :).Recently we found the Signing Time is on PBS SoCal so we are more then Happy for you guys and specially for our little Sebastian.SO Welcome Back!!!!! :)

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  31. I was SO SO SO happy when I was one day flipping channels and found Signing Time was back on! Our daughter is 2 years old and has Down Syndrome, and the Baby Signing Time DVDs have been such a blessing!! She LOVES the movies and signs “baby” when she wants to watch one. It’s so nice that now she can tell us what she wants instead of screaming and getting upset because we don’t know what she wants. We just started teaching her signs 3 months ago and she already signs 10 signs herself, but understands so many more. I will contact WGVU in Grand Rapids, Michigan and tell them how much we love and need Signing Time!

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    Oh I love WGVU, they are one of the few stations that aired Signing Time Monday through Friday even though they only had 26 episodes

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  32. Today (Feb 8, 2011) I sent a followup note to WNET (PBS Buffalo and Toronto) which is on the cable up here in central Ontario. They had suggested I check back in a few months when I contacted them in the fall. This time they said the rights had expired, so they hadn’t got the news (or believed me) that there was a new opportunity. I just sent them a link to the ST blog where it was announced. I just wonder how many PBS stations don’t even know they could be scheduling ST again.

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    Rachel Coleman Reply:

    If they have any concerns they can shoot us an email or call us.

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  33. Thank you so much for making it open to PBS again! Not only has it helped our son learn ASL since he was under 1yr (renting from library), but it’s also helped my husband & me learn ASL! It’s been such a blessing in communicating with our son. He’s now 3yr & still signs, & we’re waiting for our 6mo daughter to sign any day now. It truly bridges communication gaps.
    I would love to see Signing Time on PBS. As soon as I read this blog just this week, I sent an email of request in the manner you recommended, including link to your announcement, to our PBS station here in Iowa. (IPTV – www.iptv.org/contact.cfm ) I also sent an email to Dan Wardell, the IPTV Kids Clubhouse host ( blogs.iptv.org/blogs/dantastic/ ). Mr. Wardell replied within a few hours saying,
    “Rebecca,
    I wish they trusted me with programming decisions! :) I will make sure to pass this on to the programming department. A well written letter like the one you sent me can only help!
    Trust me, my wife has been pushing me hard to sneak in to Master Control and put Signing Time on the air for a long time! www.mysmarthandsdesmoines.com/
    We actually just finished lunch and Charlotte has been going beserk because there are birds outside. Lots of index finger to thumb signs. :)
    Many thanks!”

    I hope they’ll take our request seriously. I also hope others in Iowa will also make the request. Thank you again for making it available!
    Also, I just phoned Netflix to request they offer Signing Time, and they said they’ll look into it. You have to call them to request it as it doesn’t even show up as a future option yet.
    I’m excited about your 10th Anniversary DVD sale & am happy to finally own my own copies. Rachel, I want you to know that you and your family have served to be an inspiration & encouragement to me.

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  34. Hi,
    This is a bit of an unrelated reply but I wanted to ask you if you had any plans to make any more baby signing time volumes. My baby loves it and he has learned so much and has a great time watching each volume. My understanding is that there are only 4. If there are more of if you are planning on making any more, please let me know – I would love to have as many as possible!

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  35. I live in Norfolk, VA. Signing Time used to come on PBS in our area but for the last 3 weeks it hasn’t been on. This has happened before. They would show it for a few weeks then stop for a few weeks then start showing it again. I’m hoping it will come back on soon. I would love to see some of the 2nd series shown on tv.

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  36. We just moved to Vegas and we just discovered your amazing program! I hope it is on for years to come because my 7-yr-old daughter LOVES it! She had a boy in her class last year who was deaf and had cochlear implants and so thanks to her teacher, most of the class knew a handful of basic signs. She’s very excited to expand her “vocabulary.”

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