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Etel Leit - Child Communication Expert

Etel Leit, MS is the founder and owner of SignShine®, the largest parenting and signing center for hearing children in Southern California, and the publisher of, an international signing resource for parents and caregivers. Etel is devoted to work with parents, babies, children and professionals, and has 19 years of experience in the field. Etel's organization was voted as Best of LA Parents Magazine Summer of 2009. She has published articles in professional newsletters, and on parenting websites, including Opposing Views,, and her work has been profiled by several periodicals and online news agencies, including and Etel's television appearances include features by NBC Brian Williams Evening News, KTLA Morning Show and Fox 11 Morning News.

Etel's Most Popular Speaking Topics
   The Power of Routine: 3 Power Struggles Parents Can Easily Win
   How to Get Your Children to Bed by Easy Bedtime Solutions
   Sign Language: A "Hands-On" Approach to a Positive Teaching Experience
   Communication is Key: Reduce Frustration in Your Home, School, or Childcare Center
List of Groups Etel Has Spoken To
   The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
   Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) Conference and Education Expo
   Santa Monica College
   LA Public Libraries & Vendor of LA County Libraries
   The Air Force
   Step-by-Step EDU-Play Programs
   USC Preschool: USC Child Care Programs
   Nanny and Caregiver Organizations: Nurture & Nanny, LLC
   The Pump Station
Latest Posts
DIY American Sign Language sign for I-Love-You!
(Feb 2018)
How to make American Sign Language sign for I-Love-You! Have fun and make a nice I LOVE YOU sign to dad, mom, grandparents or a favorite auntie. M [more]
Jingle Bells DIY
(Dec 2017)
I love holidays. I love the exciting feeling of the preparations, the exciting feeling and the spirit of the holidays. From the music, the special foo [more]
Growing Awareness of Sign Language
(Oct 2017)
Ubering and Lyfting is not only a trend by now, but it is a great tool for many. Everyone around the world is constantly on the go and using Uber as a [more]
  • "Etel is a phenomenal teacher. She inspires parents to sign and makes learning and using sign language easy! Definitely fun and informative, Etel’s SignShine classes allow earlier communication between parent and child, which makes for happy families."
    Dr. Jenn Berman,
    ~Author and Host of "The Love and Sex Show
    with Dr. Jenn" on SIRIUS/XM Satellite Radio
  • “Etel…has a ton of energy, creative ideas, and a fabulous way of communicating that really makes you feel like you, too, can do it! She inspires and motivates, and always with a smile."
    Anothony Harris,
    ~CEO Power Studio
  • "We recently had Etel Leit from SignShine give a presentation about Baby Sign Language at our branch. What a phenomenal program! Etel had a very relaxed and easy charm. The kids loved her songs.I usually have a good-sized crowd for storytimes at the branch, but this was really a full house.”
    Madigan McGillicuddy
    ~Children Librarian Brentwood Library
  • "I have been working with the SignShine curriculum and etel for nearly two years. Imagine working with someone who is as passionate as you about children, teaching and sign language as yourself, and you have etel!"
    Manette McDermott, PhD,
    ~Manhattan Beach, CA