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):