My Smart Hands New Haven

Elyse Russell MSH Baby Sign Language Instructor

Hi, my name is Elyse, I am a hearing person, but have been in the practice of using ASL for a little over 2 years now. I am new to teaching although I have had practice teaching my son starting at 2 years old.

Why did I begin teaching? I discovered with my son, and the non-verbal individuals I support at my day job, that it helps immensely to improve our communication with one another. I also truly enjoy seeing the growth in one’s ability to express themselves!

My goal is to pass that same joy along to you and your children so that we all can share in the excitement of learning a new language and reaping the rewards! 

Class Schedule

Level I- 11:00 AM
Level II- 12:30 PM
Level III- 2:00 PM

To find out more about virtual classes, private group classes or educator workshops please email me using the link below.


Each registration requires a non-refundable $40 deposit upon sign-up. This will be deducted from the total due. Please be sure to review our cancellation policy.


In our classes we welcome all caregivers from parents to nannies to grandparents. All are welcome! Please feel free to email the instructor,


Our classes provide a supportive environment to ensure your success. It can be intimidating learning a new skill. We are here to help.


We use ASL signs, not made up ones. All our instructors have formal ASL training. You are not learning ASL but simply learning signs from the language.

More than just a class

Come and make new friends while learning a new skill!