Sunday, November 14, 2010

Signing

Anjali finally hit her sign cluster! In the last few days, we have seen Anjali sign "more" at the dinner table, telling us that she wants more food. Mama saw Anjali sign "sleep" when Anjali saw mama lying down (she was supposed to also but was more interested in play). We have also seen "potty". This is so exciting as it opens up a whole other world of communication. The next set of words we decided on are tree, hurt, hungry, book, water, ball, play and light. Some of these we have added in already but now that the cluster is here, we can work them in earnest.

3 comments:

Nancy said...

That's great! How many signs did you start with? We have done only 5 or 6 signs, and most inconsistently. I am hoping to see "milk" very soon; that's been our most consistent sign. Now that I know Anjali is doing it, I am going to be more consistent, in the hopes that Luke will show us what he knows soon! Yay Anjali!

TPS-SheilaP said...

This is so exciting! I love that Uma is able to communicate. Just like with EC we are pretty laid back about it, and really haven't followed any program. Still, she signs a lot now. I also signed to her with the intention of ME being understood rather than hoping for some positive emotional outcome or something I expect from her. It has been wonderful, though, to be at the dinner table and have Uma start her own conversation (about the dogs, of course). Or when she was sick to tell me her tummy hurt. Just like EC, I think the "results" will be up and down. Just the last couple of days Uma is signing all the time and testing out signs in all different occasions. Sometimes they make sense and sometimes it just leaves us asking "All finished? Potty? Poop? Bye? Hi? ???????" Many times, though, the sign she is doing makes a funny kind of sense. Like when I was doing something on the computer and she tried to close it and when I opened it to finish she said "All finished." Or when she was doing something and didn't want to do it anymore and I was showing her more of that same thing and she said "All finished" and moved on to the next play game. It's pretty crazy that she seems to get or at least be playing with the concept of being done doing something.

That said, I have little hope of her ever signing mama or daddy. She can say those. She signs and says dog at the same time. I think some things she will just choose to sign and some to speak. Milk is a pretty clear message without signs or words. If a baby doesn't sign Milk or Mama, I can see why. That's why I made sure to choose things I don't care if she signs as long as she understands what I am trying to tell her -- diaper is another.

Wow. This is so fun. My secret dream is for these babies to sign to each other. My big secret dream is for us all to become fluent in ASL, but that is just such a big thing to take on, along with all the other things in my life.....

JeremyDyen said...

Yeah, I can't wait to see when Anjali is really chigging along with her signs. I hear what you mean, sheila, about certain things being so clear without words or signs.