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skydivermom  (C 36927)

Nov 13, 2007, 11:46 AM
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Hi all,

I hope I am posting this in the correct forum. I've been interested in Signing for many years now, and finally decided to become an interpreter. I start classes next Spring, but have been doing a DVD class on the computer. I am loving it, but I notice that after practicing for a while, my hands ache a little bit.

Is this normal or is it the beginning of Carpel Tunnel Syndrom? Are there any cases of people getting Carpel Tunnel from signing so much?

I hope not...I LOVE signing!Smile


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Nov 13, 2007, 12:52 PM
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Yeah, you're not alone. I'd think that if you jumped full speed into sign language, your hands and wrists are going to get sore.

There is a reason that interpreters don't do an assignment that lasts more than an hour alone. If there is one that goes on more than an hour, there usually will be a team of interpreters that take turns.

Give yourself breaks so your hands can rest. Eventually, you'll build up some stamina later, but of course, everybody has their limit.

It's a bit like running a marathon, you can't finish one if you don't train properly for it. But rest assured, no interpreting job is a marathon of its own.


skydivermom  (C 36927)

Nov 13, 2007, 3:10 PM
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Thanks Billy. That makes me feel a whole lot better. I just enrolled in my classes today. Excited - yes. A little nervous - YES!CrazySmile


flyangel2

Nov 15, 2007, 9:35 AM
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Here are a few hints that helped me when I was doing full time interpreting at the college:

Keep your hands warm before starting signing. (I wore gloves during the winter, and placed my hands under warm water before signing)

Rest when you can. (When the instructor isn't talking, place your hands on your lap)

When fingerspelling, I found that if I held my right arm just below the wrist with my left hand, that gave me more support.

Don't expect to support your self doing full time signing, you can't sign 40 hours a week.

Keep your signs small. No reason to sign big if you aren't doing signing for a large crowd.

When I was in the Interpreter Training Program, the instructors taught us some good exercises for our hands and arms.


skydivermom  (C 36927)

Nov 15, 2007, 11:56 AM
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I didn't realize it paid by the hour. The research I have done has indictated there is a great shortage of interpreters, and that the pay is decent.

I love signing, and would not be doing it just for the money, but I'm pretty sure the pay is based on something other than the amount of time you sign. At least that's what I've been told.

Someone clarify if you can please.


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Nov 15, 2007, 12:02 PM
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I didn't realize it paid by the hour. The research I have done has indictated there is a great shortage of interpreters, and that the pay is decent.

I love signing, and would not be doing it just for the money, but I'm pretty sure the pay is based on something other than the amount of time you sign. At least that's what I've been told.

Someone clarify if you can please.

I'm pretty sure it's based on the hours you sign. I don't think there is an interpreter alive who could interpret 40 hours a week. But the pay is pretty good per hour though, even for free-lance interpreters. Throw in the mileage pay for your travel to and from assignments, and it's not too bad.

However, IF you get a job as a staff interpreter at say, a vocational rehab office, then you get paid like it's a 40 hour a week job. Granted, it's usually the most experienced and highly rated interpreters that get those staff jobs.


skydivermom  (C 36927)

Nov 15, 2007, 12:06 PM
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Thanks Billy. It helps knowing as much as I can ahead of time. I'm not sure yet what area I would like to work in, but I'm sure I can cross that bridge when it's time.

Geez, I can't imagine anyone signing 40 hours straight eitherUnsure


mx757  (C License)

Nov 15, 2007, 6:19 PM
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kathleen
us deafies sign 24/7 40 hours wek is nothing....SlyPirate


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Nov 15, 2007, 8:01 PM
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kathleen
us deafies sign 24/7 40 hours wek is nothing....SlyPirate

Yeah but we grew up that way. Wink As did CODAs (Children Of Deaf Adults).

Not that I'm going to actively encourage my little girl to, but chances are she'd make a good interpreter when she becomes an adult.


skydivermom  (C 36927)

Nov 16, 2007, 7:50 PM
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Hey Mike how are you!?Smile


I spoke with a career counselor today at my school.
She gave me some fantastic information. Apparently the job market is awesome where I live, and the pay is great too! Of course that's just icing on the cakeSmile


goesky  (D 11863)

Nov 17, 2007, 9:32 AM
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 Hi , I use my hands all my life nothing hurt me but for who start learning to use their hands and may have some sore samething I tried talking all day and hurt my mouth.Tongue. I see some senior over 70's limits use thier hands and speaks.. Maybe you use your hands to pet us alotCrazy. You will get use to it in few months and we can talk in the sky...Cool Fred


flyangel2

Nov 27, 2007, 12:35 PM
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kathleen
us deafies sign 24/7 40 hours wek is nothing....SlyPirate

Ha Ha..........and Deafies tent to sign smaller.


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Nov 28, 2007, 8:10 AM
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kathleen
us deafies sign 24/7 40 hours wek is nothing....SlyPirate

Ha Ha..........and Deafies tent to sign smaller.

Not when they get mad. Laugh



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