When I was pregnant I read about babies doing sign language. It made so much sense to me. Why not help your baby express him/herself as they work on building their vocabulary?
So I started signing when my little one was about 6months old. I wasn’t very patient and after about 2 months I stopped. Between then and now (he’s 1 now) I would sign every now and then but nothing consistent.
WWEEELLLL after seeing a coworker studying American Sign Language (ASL) and a close friend sharing her experience of her 16 month old starting to sign, I was inspired to start again. Boy am I glad I did.
I’ve been signing poop (since we are also practicing elimination communication [EC] more about that to come in another post), eat/food, finished, milk and more. I’ve been a lot more consistent over the past couple of weeks. I was so excited and surprised when I saw him attempt the poop sign while we were eating breakfast Tuesday morning. Then I almost jumped out of my skin when he consistently signed “more” during dinner Tuesday night.
Babies are truly brilliant!! I’m finding that the more he is exposed to the more he picks up. Now I have to work on learning sign language. At least enough to help him express himself and avoid frustration, for both the adults (not knowing what he wants) and for my little one (not being understood).
I guess the more it becomes a part of our day-to-day interaction the better. I want to be careful not to put too much pressure on him, though.
Only 1 year has passed and I’m COMPLETELY in love with this journey.
Have you tried ASL with your little ones? What advice do you have? Share your story with us!
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