We recently finished up our winter session of signing classes. Can you believe we’re now up to 47 graduates from our Baby Bounce & Sign, Toddler Time, and Play & Sign classes?! I love seeing young children and their families develop their early communication skills–sign language is wonderful for bonding, reducing tantrums, and developing emergent literacy skills.
I’m fortunate to spend 45 minutes a week with terrific families, but the REAL progress happens at home. Annie and JJ are amazing hands-on parents; they have been bringing their daughter Lux to signing class since September 2014, and I’m glad they are part of our community.We hope their story encourages you today!
* Child’s name and age:
Lux (17 months)
* When and why did you start signing with your child?
We started signing with Lux when she was about 11 months old. We began trying to use sign language with her because we heard that it could potentially help her communicate with us much sooner than if we had waited for her to verbalize her wants and needs. We wanted to use sign language as a way to communicate with one another before she began speaking regularly.
* How has signing made a difference in your family?
Our sign language classes with Lone Star Signers have changed our lives tremendously! Our child is only 17 months old, and thanks to her signs, she can communicate over a dozen words with us despite the fact that she only speaks a handful of words so far. For example, if she is done eating, she will make the sign for “all finished,” and we know that she is full and wants down from her highchair. Also, if we are getting ready to leave the house, we can sign “socks and shoes” and she knows to go and grab her socks and shoes.
Her favorite signs to use are “dog” and “food” as these are her two favorite things in our home! We have two large dogs that she is fascinated with, and she is constantly signing “dog.” Also, as she is a very big eater, we love that she can ask us for a snack by signing “food.”
I would say that we use signs every day for almost every major task in our routine. When it’s time for bed, we even use signs to end our day; my husband signs “bath” and “brush teeth” to her in the form of a question, and she gets really excited and signs both words back to us…I think this makes her feel more like it’s a question more than an order, which is always nice with a toddler 😉 I imagine we would have so many more tantrums in our home without our signs to help us tell one another what we want, so we are so appreciative to Melissa and what she has taught us.
* What would you tell a friend interested in signing with their child?
I would say that it is such an amazing way to communicate with a tiny human that may not know how to effectively ask for what they want yet. As a new parent, I’d say it’s a must have tool in any parent survival toolkit.
We don’t drive anywhere in our van without Baby Signing Time playing on her DVD player! Sometimes we just put on the music CD and we sing together to the diaper dance. Our kiddo loves this DVD/CD combo, and whenever she wants to watch or listen to it, she signs “baby” and we know what she’s asking for!
Special thanks to Annie and JJ for taking the time to share your family’s story. We are so proud of Lux’s growth!
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