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Signing Moms. Japan 388 posts
3rd Apr '13

DS has autism and language processing disorder. We have to talk to him differently and we were told signing would help him and we should start. So we did. He was diagnosed yesterday.



The pathologist signed when she talked to him and he picked up a sign, repeated her while using the sign himself. He's also REALLY responding to this new way of talking.



Today he picked up and used these signs:
want
more
eat
hungry
milk
done
go
dressed
play [his favorite]
store
I love you
can't
sorry
please
thank you
your welcome ( well the equivalent )



I'm kinda surprised he picked so many up but not completely because he's constantly surprising me with things. Today we were looking at the stars and he sung by himself for the FIRST time! He said Twinkle twinkle star staaar.
He's using the signs in context but some aren't completely correct like play. With play some fingers are down and some are up but I can tell what he's doing.



Today at the store we bumped into carts a few times :oops: and he signed sorry. :D




With how quickly he's picking them up and using them should I keep introducing them or slow down and just introduce a few a day? Someone told me about five a day but ^that's^ way more than five, lol.

Brandie Dawne Due November 10; 2 kids; Mt Vernon, Ohio 1234 posts
3rd Apr '13

I don't have an answer but that's awesome!

TootsMcGoots 1 child; Saskatchewan 3732 posts
3rd Apr '13

Wow!! :shock: That's amazing! How old is he?

Big D! Due October 7 (boy); 1 child; Escondido, California 9518 posts
3rd Apr '13

Use as many as you know and he will pick them up as fast as he can. It's like learning a native language. You wouldn't introduce new words everyday you would just speak it fluently and the child begins speaking. He's doing so awesome and it will really improve his communication!

Japan 388 posts
3rd Apr '13
Quoting TootsMcGoots:" Wow!! :shock: That's amazing! How old is he?"


Thanks! I think so too. He's four.

Smash Fins ; 2 kids; Denver, Colorado 1289 posts
3rd Apr '13

I used baby sign with my son all the way until he was 3... I love signing! There are so many youtube videos to teach you more.



It's also a great skill to have when working with clients. I work with the pubic and when ever I get a deaf customer they get so excited that I can sign with them.

TootsMcGoots 1 child; Saskatchewan 3732 posts
3rd Apr '13
Quoting CatDog.:" Thanks! I think so too. He's four."


Jeepers, you've got one smart kid! SO wanted to sign with DS, but neither of us could remember enough words ourselves...haha



You should be very proud :)

Japan 388 posts
3rd Apr '13
Quoting TootsMcGoots:" Jeepers, you've got one smart kid! SO wanted to sign with DS, but neither of us could remember enough words ourselves...haha You should be very proud :)"


I used to sign so I'm learning as I go but some of it is coming back to me. I remember all of the alphabet and signs to a few songs but that's about it.



Thank you! I really am.

TootsMcGoots 1 child; Saskatchewan 3732 posts
3rd Apr '13
Quoting CatDog.:" I used to sign so I'm learning as I go but some of it is coming back to me. I remember all of the alphabet and signs to a few songs but that's about it. Thank you! I really am."


I can do the alphabet and a couple words, like more, I love you, mom and dad....but that's it.



I should try and learn more and stick with it so I can communicate with DS...and I won't tell SO, so we'll talk about him behind his back *Mwahahaha!*