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I wonder if so many signs at once at your class a couple of days ago has her processing more than signing. Rebecca sometimes stops signing much at all if I start introducing too many signs at once. However, I pretty much have a non-talker, though she is starting to come out with words, so I'm mean and 'make' her do it, lol. I figure if she knows the signs, then she needs to communicate with something more than grunts and tantrums... just like if she was a 3 or 4 year old and knew how to talk well, but was just whining and crying all day instead... she wouldn't be getting anything out of me without approaching me properly. When I know she wants to nurse, I remind her to say 'Milk please' and then if she won't, I 'make' her do it as much as I can (can't make her wiggle her fingers, but I sure can force the please). I don't fight her on getting anything more than the please most times (and a thank you after), but we do aim to assist her in figuring out what she wants to communicate, so if she starts randomly signing please, we start suggesting potential words she could complete her request with (ie, water, milk, food/eat, shoes...). Normally the suggestions will inspire her to give us the sign so we know what she's really wanting for that please.
Jonah has periods where he stops signing. I worried about it at first, but it is actually really normal to have that. I just remain consistent and keep signing to him. Sometimes I would do more activities etc that allowed me to emphasize the signing, but he would always come back around to signing, and usually with more signs than he had when he stopped.
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