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March 1, 2006

Signing with you child

Sara and I have talked about this in the past quite a bit, but now there's a specific time line, so it looks like I'm going to have to get on this horse and start learning. I have a knack with languages, but we'll have to see.

One of the books that we saw and liked was:

Signing Smart with Babies and Toddlers: A Parent's Strategy and Activity Guide

And I'll be ordering this

Sign with your Baby - Baby Sign Language (ASL) Learning Kit - Includes Book, Quick Reference Guide & VHS Video - SEE "Also Available in" FOR DVD KIT
in the near future.

The supporting discussions center on the development the of fine motor skill versus the development of the speech centers of the brain. Most children develop base language communication through the 12-24 month range, while their understanding of the world around them develops much sooner, usually in parallel with motor skill development. By providing your child with the communication skills that they can actually utilize (based on their development) you improve not only their ability to communicate and learn sooner, but you also have a positive impact on their (and YOUR) frustration levels.

My continued reading will be on making sure that my child can migrate to using the speech centers of the brain in conjunction with and then independantly of the motor/language combination. The hope is that we will develop commincation with our child sooner, and have something that we all three can share and develop into the future.

Some supporting reading:

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at March 1, 2006 9:23 AM

Voice of experience trying this: It is a lot harder than it looks, but can be very rewarding in communication. We never got great at signing with our daughter Kat, but we got good enough before she became (ridiculously) verbal that it helped.

Posted by: Mars at March 12, 2006 11:58 AM

My nephew Jude is pretty good at the basics. I know they taught him sign at his school. Although he's quite verbal too Troy says he still uses sign sometimes when he's supposed to be quiet. Sometimes he's just loud as usual. *grin*

Posted by: Sara at March 13, 2006 12:08 PM

I tried this with my son, and while it was difficult for him to follow the hand signals to begin with, he very quickly developed his own IF the ASL one did not work for him. It was very rewarding to be able to communicate with him about his needs before he was able to voice them to me. It has continued to help us since my son has been diagnosed with a "ringing" in his ears that makes it difficult for him to make words with the right sounds (for example, again comes out azzain with a double z sound instead of g). His progress in therapy is amazing and is well ahead of schedule due to the groundwork laid down by signing.

Posted by: Jennifer Pautz at April 4, 2006 12:41 AM
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