sign language update

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by Ktllc, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Ktllc

    Ktllc New Member

    I talked to Sweet Pea's therapist and she made a list of all the words we should teach her in signs. All the key words we use every day. So her therapy will be focused on saying AND signing the key words everytime. I have been doing it with Sweet Pea quite consistently and she really picks it up fast. Her signs are a little messy but I know what she means. She also uses them spontaneously. She is such a little soldier. I'm a proud Moma:winnersmiley:
  2. buddy

    buddy New Member

    Even deaf kids dont sign the same as momma and daddy... just like little ones dont say words like adults... they do the best they can. I love that phase....

    Did she list more/want/please along with important names of people and things? Unless she disagrees for some reason, you might want to add one or all of those. They are the "power" words so that if she does not have a word for an item she can still make the request in some way.... this highly reduces frustration. (along with a way to say NO which is often clear but she may not have a word yet so can work on that) So, when you feed her or do a game with little pieces like shapes or balls that drop thru a maze... you can do one at a time and then just hold off.... not to tease but to give time to ask for "more' or to say "please" then use that as a request and say... More puzzle or more milk etc...-- Another fun activity is like bouncing on your knee-a horsie ride- and stop, wait for the "more" sign... or on a swing and catch the swing...dont let go till she says please.... etc. You can model it if she forgets-- then, build by ONE word above where she is in order to allow for more chances of imitating... so if she is not verbalizing at all .... then just say the sign... if she can say a word (mom with mom sign) then you can add one more word to it (mommy eat). Dont have to wait for her to imitate...just give the model. After time they tend to start to imitate..... These are just general language therapy guidelines and since she catches on so fast sounds like she will do so well. You must have a natural way with teaching her and it is a good sign that this is not a more pervasive developmental disorder if she is picking up the language so easily. I hope that lasts for her.

    This is not to say dont ever talk in more than one word or two words. When giving directions or asking questions, talk like you would talk to any 1 1/2 year old. That is for comprehension. But when working on expressive language (again, unless your therapist gave you other guidelines since she is actually seeing her and her level) do the just say one word above what she is saying in terms of length of statement.

    Sounds like therapist is a good listener and flexible... I am so glad for you. YIPEE for sweat pea! There are lots of online ASL websites now so you can actually see how to make a sign..... like dictionaries but with movies so much better than a book if you are ever wondering about a sign. Have fun! When you are done you are going to be a speech/lang path... you have gone thru so much with all of your kids!
  3. Mamaof5

    Mamaof5 Guest

    Buddy is right, even deaf kids don't have the same signing as their parents or family. I'm hearing impaired and use sign language too, even whole households have "slang" signs they use within their household!!!

    Yup we have slang folks LOL

    Here: American Sign Language (ASL)

    These are lessons on signing, all free, all visual (youtube vids on the site). As she (and you) progress you can use the full sentences that they teach in the vids.
  4. buddy

    buddy New Member

    LOL and if she were to ever be an older kid using sign... they have signs that their parents dont know.... even in all deaf families...just like hearing kids, that slang can include generational expressions that we older folks just have to shake our heads at.... language is language.
  5. Ktllc

    Ktllc New Member

    OH Great! That is exactly what we are doing. And we are for sure working on the "no" sign which is a lot more pleasant than screaming. She is a pro of "more" and "please". And although she does not verbalize any words yet, she started doing whole sentences on her own with the little signs she knows (ie: therapist insisted with a toy with her. Sweet Pea goes: "all done", "more" then points at bag of toys, "open" "please").
    We will keep up the good work then. :)
  6. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Haha. Maybe a "no" sign in sign language would work well for ALL our difficult children!!!

    Glad she's doing well with it. My son used to sign because he had speech delays and he really seemed to enjoy learning it. He would throw in his own personal sign language too t hat we came to understand. A grunt and a pull of my hand meant, "Come with me." He pointed a lot. He made sure we knew what he meant! (lol)
  7. Confused

    Confused Guest

    I'm happy for your little girl! And you mama!!! Congrats Ktllc!!!!
  8. buddy

    buddy New Member

    Q still signs NO when he is really frustrated but trying to hold it in! LOL also he still signs please but most of his signs have faded.