Posted 10-29-2011 at 08:35 AM by blairmarie333

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!


This is the sign for milk in case you were wondering. You open and close your hand like you are milking a cow.

Filed Under: Kids Activities


4 Responses to “Milk”

  1. Angel894 on October 30th, 2011 12:50 pm

    That is fantastic!

  2. kaleyshae on October 30th, 2011 2:06 pm

    Very cool! I sign with my daughters and we love it. It is amazing how quickly they can pick it up. I sign with them from the time they are born and my 7-month-old just stared signing to me (milk, all done, more) and I’m like a kid on Christmas morning when she does it, too! What a great tool for you to be using! It eliminates so many tears and frustrations. There is a website called that is great and I highly recommend Signing Time videos with Rachel Coleman. Thanks for sharing!

  3. waitingforbaby on October 30th, 2011 8:09 pm

    Very cute! Smart girl!

  4. pinktree on November 3rd, 2011 6:28 am

    Wow that’s great. Thanks for sharing that. Congratulations to your daughter for being so smart! Thanks for the weblinks too. I must look into that.

Feel free to leave a comment...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!

Leave Your Comment Join Diaper Swappers or login to comment!