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October 14th, 2009, 04:12 PM
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with more questions. You guys made me feel so encouraged the last time I posted

I posted here about a month ago that I thought that my daughter had signed 'more' for me. She didnt repeat that until just few days ago and now she has even signed it spontaneously (she will do it if I waive a treat in front of her and ask if she wants more). This makes me feel very encouraged esp since at almost 18 months she isnt verbal (as of now she has ZERO words she uses with frequency).

So it seems that with my somewhat sporatic signing that she managed to pick up at least one sign (we also do 'all done' but atm she seems to do them the same). This of course has greatly motivated me and now I'm feeling like adding a lot more. Is there any way that is better than other to go about this? I was thinking of just do them as we go about our business and try to catch her attention so that she sees them and maybe to help her doing them.
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October 14th, 2009, 07:52 PM
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I was thinking of just do them as we go about our business and try to catch her attention so that she sees them and maybe to help her doing them.
That's exactly it! Children learn signs the same way that they would learn spoken words, so using them throughout your daily routine, as you say the word, is the best way to teach a sign. Pick words that you say often, so that there is a lot of exposure to that particular word/sign. Also, if you say it often, then it is most likely a vital part of her day! So something like "milk" is very good, because she may hear that word a lot during mealtime (when she is eye level to you, and is focused on you) and milk is something tangible that she can see and touch (children learn those words the easiest) AND she'll be able to tell you when she needs milk or a drink, which is very important (has diverted SEVERAL tantrums in my house!)

I'm SO glad that you came back! I was wondering how things were going with you guys! It's so great that she's signing more and all done! That's a great start! Those are probably the two signs that Jonah does the most on a regular basis! You're well on your way if she's already got two signs down
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That's exactly it! Children learn signs the same way that they would learn spoken words, so using them throughout your daily routine, as you say the word, is the best way to teach a sign. Pick words that you say often, so that there is a lot of exposure to that particular word/sign. Also, if you say it often, then it is most likely a vital part of her day! So something like "milk" is very good, because she may hear that word a lot during mealtime (when she is eye level to you, and is focused on you) and milk is something tangible that she can see and touch (children learn those words the easiest) AND she'll be able to tell you when she needs milk or a drink, which is very important (has diverted SEVERAL tantrums in my house!)

I'm SO glad that you came back! I was wondering how things were going with you guys! It's so great that she's signing more and all done! That's a great start! Those are probably the two signs that Jonah does the most on a regular basis! You're well on your way if she's already got two signs down
I didnt reply but the PM you sent me was really really sweet, I just didnt know what to come back with to the forum so I didnt before now.

I have to tell you a somewhat funny milk story, she already knows the sign but wont sign it. She learned it months and months ago because I wanted her to be able to do it in public instead of yanking at my shirt. Well the result has been that whenever she sees me signing it at her she sees it as an invitation to come over and yank at my shirt

I suppose i can add water to the new round of words since that is what she drinks at meal times. I havent quite decided whether to do water or cup for drinking... it's sort of the same since she only ever gets water out of a cup.

The words I was thinking to add are: potty (did before but stopped using it), baby/doll (was thinking of combining it for her doll being her baby), bed, outside, eat, up and down.
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