Lora Toland

Lora T.

San Diego, CA

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Lora delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+ and special needs

Teaching since:

My motto has always been: "Each one, teach one"! I am a pediatric Occupational Therapist. I minored in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in ASL and Deaf cultural studies. I have been using sign language since I was in third grade when I found ASL to aide in my learning with CAPD, Central Auditory Processing Disorder. Although I'm not considered truly deaf by the deaf community, I do not always feel fully a part of the hearing community. I find that signing my words helps me concentrate on what I want to say and block out the distractions. I also find signing helps to put 3-d meaning to 2-d print which allows literature to have more texture to sustain my interest. I am sure I am not alone in finding ASL helpful in aiding learning and understandIng. I see the benefit of learning sign language as more than just a foreign language credit, but also as a therapeutic teaching tool for neurological growth in areas of reading and attention.

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Occupational Therapist
Jan 2001 - Present
Private Company

I am a pediatric Occupational Therapist. I have taught professional development courses in Sign Language and after-school Sign Language Learning Programs for children.


Occupational Therapy
Aug 1992 - May 1998
University Central Arkansas
Occupational Therapy
Aug 1992 - May 1996
University of Central Arkansas


Sign Exact English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Don't apologize for the way you sign! It's your "accent"! Make it pretty and make it understood! Make it your own!
Chester's Way-Story in Sign
Test your sign language knowledge with this signed sentence.
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12 Reviews

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Dan T. Jul 19, 2017
Sign Language · Online

I like how the lessons feel like day to day conversations than actually feeling like a classroom setting!

Jennifer Jul 15, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Her teaching is very engaging. When she talks she signs so that I get practice seeing it and hearing it which helps me to understand better and learn new signs. We play games which really helps on thinking up signs quickly.

Jina Youn May 22, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Very friendly, easy to work with, enthusiastic, great teacher!

Marla May 14, 2017
Sign Language · Online

Lora was phenominal! I enjoyed her lesson, and she embraced the craziness of having my kid pop in amd out of our lesson.

Malia Apr 27, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Lora is a great instructor! I took ASL years ago and have forgotten much of what was taught. It is wonderful to have to opportunity to relearn from Lora in my own home.

Stacey Apr 8, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

When I first signed up, I was a little worried since I do have some ASL knowledge as far as finger-spelling and basic signs that are important to little kids since I lived downstairs from a deaf family when I was 9- 15. However, Lora was able to instantly modify things for where I was and in one lesson I learned a lot and dusted the cobwebs off the part of my brain that remembers signs. Lol.

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Carl Mar 28, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Very friendly and encouraging!

sonia B. Mar 19, 2017
Sign Language · Online

sonia B. Mar 19, 2017
Sign Language · Online

Alyssa Feb 15, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Lora makes learning fun! She's patient, knows ASL very well, and is creative in the way she teaches, which makes it fun. I find her to be friendly and funny, while also having an extensive knowledge of ASL because she uses it personally and through her work.

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Rachel M. Feb 13, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Fun,, informative, obviously spent significant time planning for my specific needs and requests.

Lindsay Feb 4, 2017
American Sign Language · Online

Lora was BEYOND fantastic! I had never used Takelessons before but, Lora was very professional and funny; she made me feel very comfortable and at ease! I would recommend Lora to everyone I know! She made my whole session worth every penny! Thank you so much. I look forward to many more sessions in the future!

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