I know I only recently wrote a post on sign and using sign languages for babies, but it has been getting better and better.
Lexi’s verbal development has taken back seat to her physical development ever since she started walking, so while she keeps adding words to her vocabulary little by little, her use of signs has exploded.
She signs for everything. Even when she doesn’t know a sign for an object or action ( because I am still really bad at looking those up), she will either come up with one or use a sign for another object of the same group. She has taken to signing giraffe for anything that is either:
a. Tall or long
b. A wild animal she doesn’t know the sign for
She has also changed a few signs to suit her needs. For example for a while her drink sign looked exactly like her all done sign but with one hand. So it wasn’t clear to us whether she mean one or the other, since she would do both of them with one hand. After days of getting frustrated because we don’t understand her, she has come up with a new sign for drink that is unmistakable. The only issue is she also signs it when she sees others drinking, and then we rush to get her a drink only to realize she was just signing what she was seeing.
Some of the other signs she’s come up on her own and uses consistently are:
rain – we had our first daytime rain and walked out to check it out. She was enthralled! It was one of the most fun experiences for her. So she instantly came up with a sign for it and still remembers it ad signs it every time I say “rain” even though it hasn’t rained since.
to pet – This one is SOOOO adorable when she signs it. She will run up to her Lion or to our kitties and start “slapping” the side of her face in a petting motion
Coffeemaker/noise/vaccuum – Andrew had shown her how a coffee maker works and she instantly picked up on the dripping motion and amended the rain sign to indicate the coffee maker. Since it makes a noise, she is also using that sign for anything that makes a “Zzzhhhhh” noise, like lawn mower, vaccuum and noise in general.
It’s really amazing to see how much help it has been for her to be able to sign and express herself. I can see she gets a kick out of it herself and we love it, too. I’d like to once again encourage everyone to give it a try and stay patient with it using the signs consistently at least until they start signing back. It’s a huge favor you’re doing yourself and your kid by teaching them to communicate more efficiently.