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February 12th, 2010, 11:26 AM
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Hey ladies! I'm new here and need some help.
I have a 22 month old toddler Jack, who is refusing to use words (he knows a bunch because he'd said them a time or two & he is a great listener and follows directions wonderfully, but just won't talk).
His brother Ben will be 7 weeks old tomorrow!

I want to start teaching the boys signing but don't know where to get started. How do I start teaching them? How old should Ben be before I start teaching him? How do I teach Jack?

I do have the Baby Signing Times dvds..how do I incorporate those into learning signing?
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February 12th, 2010, 12:11 PM
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Hi, and welcome!!!

Jonah, my 18 month old, also does not say any words. He used to say a couple, but now he says nada. Signing has been our SAVING GRACE. He can tell us things that he couldn't without the signs. Once Jonah learns a new sign, the amount of frustration in the house drops dramatically. He has recently been using his sign for "gorilla" which is his stuffed animal that he is attached to, and oh my gosh- all the tantrums that could have been avoided earlier by teaching him this sign just amazes me! It's wonderful.

Shameless plugging over LOL Sorry, I just wanted to let you know that I think signing is going down the right path with your son. It might even strengthen his understanding of linking words to their meanings, and help him to use his verbal words more often.

To start is very easy. Choose a sign that you know will help your son communicate to you. Something like "eat" or "hungry" or any other signs on the Signing Time dvd that you have seen and thought "if only Jack could tell me that...." You can choose more than one, but for parents starting out with signs it can be less overwhelming to start with one. Learn the sign yourself. Once you are comfortable with it, everytime that you say the word, do the sign along with saying it. Do it with emphasis, like: "Do you want to EAT? It's time to EAT lunch! Do you want to EAT your lunch???" and sign "eat" every time you say it. The more you use it in context, the better!

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February 14th, 2010, 08:14 PM
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I agree with starting with words taht will lower your frustration level and using them in context. My 18 month old nephew can speak, but chooses not to. If you ask him if he can talk he'll nod his head yes. If you ask him to talk he'll shake his head no He will surprise everyone and blurt out things like "look at that" periodically, but mainly uses grunts and signs. I can't imagine what it would be like if he didn't sign since he understands us and gets mad when no one understands what his grunts mean.

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February 25th, 2010, 01:55 AM
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I use those videos. I just play it daily at the same time. The songs are very catchy. I have pics in my other post of my godsons 5 and 3 and my son 6mos, watching the signing time video. The older boys love it and can speak but like to sign anyway.
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