Today, we are happy to share Delia’s story with all of you. Delia and her parents first started attending our signing classes in the spring of 2014, and I have delighted in watching her grow into a confident young preschooler! Delia’s mom, Ashley, is a great writer, and I’m so thankful that she shared her insights with us. (Be sure to read this post, too!)
* Child’s name and age:
Delia (2 years old)
I love language, so ASL had a natural allure for me. I’d heard signing with babies could help us communicate earlier than we might otherwise be able to. I’d also heard that better communication can cut down on tantrums. So it was a natural fit.
When Delia was very young, she could sign long before she could talk, so we’ve had very few communication problems. As she learned to talk, sometimes I couldn’t understand what she’d say. I’d ask her if she had a sign for what she wanted to say, and she usually did, so I could figure out what she wanted. For example, one morning I thought she was trying to tell me something about “chips,” but I didn’t understand what she meant. I asked if she had a sign for it, and she signed “church.” So we were on the same page again. 🙂
She also has learned to speak very well at a very early age. I don’t know whether signing contributed to her speech success, but I know it didn’t hurt. Some people had expressed concern that sign language might hinder her speech, but she proved them wrong.
DO IT! Learning a brand new language is intimidating, but even learning just a few signs that a kid would use regularly (more, milk, water, ball, etc.) is very easy. If it prevented even one temper tantrum, it was well worth the effort for us.
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Thank you, Ashley, for sharing a bit of your family’s story with us. I have learned so much from you, and I’m glad you’re part of our community!
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We are always happy to have NEW families join us, too! Registration for our September/October session ends tomorrow evening. See all the details here.
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