My 21 month old, Brooke, has been in speech therapy for about two months now. She has been doing pretty well but doesn’t have any “new words” yet. Her therapist, Dawn, is very friendly and always keeps me involved which is very important to me.
Dawn has been teaching Brooke to sign. It was slow at first but she seems to be picking things up quicker as the sessions go by. Every time she signs to me I get so excited and smile like a kid at Christmas. She has learned the sign for “more” and “eat.” She knows these two pretty well and uses them appropriately.
I have been studying sing language myself, so I can teach and learn with her. I looked at a typical day with her and thought about the words we use most often. The first that came to mind (besides the ones she already knew) was “milk.” I looked up the way to sign “milk” and showed her the next time she wanted milk. I said the word, did the sign, and then said the word again. I then said the word and made Brooke do the sign with her hands. Then I asked, “Brooke, do you want some milk?” (I did the sign as I said this) and Brooke immediately smiled up at me and did the sign herself. I was overjoyed!
Had she really learned the sign for “milk” that quickly? I just couldn’t believe it. Later that day, I figured I would test her to see if she even remembers. I asked her the same question and I got the same response from her. She smiled up at me and signed “milk.” My little smarty pants!