Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Toddler Signs

This isn't hearing loss related, but does involve sign language so I thought I'd post it here.

We've been working on some sign language with Matthew (not for hearing loss reasons- apraxia runs in this family and the kid simply can't talk yet). It's been alleviating a lot of frustration, though a recent "conversation" went as follows:

Mommy: "Matthew, what do you want for breakfast?"
Matthew (signs): Candy.
Mommy: "No candy for breakfast. What ELSE do you want?"
Matthew (signs): Cookies.
Mommy: "No cookies before lunch. Do you want pancakes?"
Matthew: "Aaahhh!" (his version of yes).
Matthew (signs): Cup.
Mommy: "What do you want in your cup? Juice or milk?"
Matthew (signs with a big grin): Candy!!


The amazing thing is that three days ago this conversation wouldn't have been possible. At two years old the kid can only say about 4 words (monosyllabic and not clearly, but he does have four words). The only thing I can hope for is that Nolan skips the apraxia so we don't have to deal with that AND hearing loss. We'll deal with whatever comes our way, though!

I'll post a video of Matthew signing if I can get him to cooperate. Two is generally not a good age for cooperation!

Update: I got a video, but he is in constant motion. He is a bit like a hurricane- as evidenced by the toys strewn around our family room (grin):


Megan said...

So cute. We must are in the toddler stage too, and Halloween forever ruined Sophie. She still ask for candy all the time.

Karen said...

LOL he learned quick to communicate the delicious things for breakfast!