||Katia, daughter of Dawn and
||Kyle, son of Susan and Brian
son of Brenda and Tony
son of Britt and Ari
daughter of Jennie
Katia, daughter of Dawn and Sam
We started casually signing to Katia when she was four months
old and started signing more consistently when Katia was six
months old. Katia started using her first signs between seven
and eight months. Her first sign was 'more,' or her version
of 'more.' By 12 months Katia had a 25 word ASL vocabulary.
By 14 months she had a 35-40 word ASL vocabulary in addition
to several verbal words. At this stage she could regularly
sign her food and beverage requests. She would wake up in
the morning and sign to us what she wanted for breakfast.
When she woke up crying in the middle of the night, she would
sign to us that she was thirsty for water. By 18 months she
had a verbal vocabulary of 140-150 words (yes, we kept track…).
At this stage, when she had difficulty pronouncing a new word
verbally, she would hold out her hands and say 'help mommy,'
so that I would show her the sign. At this stage she also
used signs when we couldn't understand a word that she had
repeated several times verbally. Katia continues to be highly
verbal, but she seems to enjoy adding new signs to her vocabulary
Kyle, son of Susan and Brian
I signed up for a SmallTalk Workshop so I will be ready to
sign with baby #2, Brandon, due in April. Kyle, who is 2 1/2,
attends the workshops with me, but he has not been interested
in doing any of the signs. Kyle has a significant verbal vocabulary,
however many of his words are still difficult for those outside
his immediate family to understand. I thought using the signs
would provide an opportunity for language reinforcement. I
wasn't sure if Kyle was learning any of the signs until he
spontaneously signed 'grape,' when a playmate recently pulled
a bag of grapes out of her lunch bag. Boy did I cheer when
I saw this! On the way home, Kyle confirmed that he has been
grasping the signs, when he spontaneously signed banana when
I offered him a snack. This is great!
Henry, son of Brenda and Tony
We started learning signs by attending a SmallTalk Workshop
when Henry was nearly 20 months old. He learned the first
grouping of signs such as 'more,' 'all done,' eat,' and 'thirsty'
right away. He was especially interested in signing 'more'
for ice cream! He has even used the 'hurt' sign to let us
know that his diaper rash is sore--he signs 'hurt' and then
says 'bum.' Today Henry asked to eat and then pointed at grapes
and did the signs for both eat and grapes! Truly amazing and
great. THANK YOU!
Noah, son of Britt and Ari
We just started signing with Noah, 17 months. Although he
can generally communicate with us through pointing and directing
our attention, he is not yet talking. On a recent afternoon
he earnestly pointed at the cookie jar on the windowsill.
We took the opportunity to show him the sign for cookie, and
then gently took his hand and made the sign for cookie before
giving him a cookie. This routine repeated a few times over
the course of the afternoon, but by the end of the day, he
was consistently signing his version of 'cookie.' He continues
to use the sign for cookie and has repeated the sign for 'all
done' once. More than anything, he seems to like the activity
of signing. We look forward to watching his vocabulary grow!
Veronica, daughter of Jennie
When my daughter Veronica was 10 months old, we took your baby
sign language class at the local community center. About a week
after the class was over, Veronica's interest in using signs began to grow.
Her first sign was "light," followed shortly by "milk" and "dog." Now she is
2 1/2 and I attribute her large vocabulary and good temperament to her early
exposure to sign language. We got all three of the Signing Times videos when
she turned 1, and she knows all the signs on them all. Using signs has
helped with temper tantrums. Just this evening she told me she was ready for
dinner, and I told her it was still cooking. She continued asking for
dinner, and then I used the sign for "wait." For some reason, this made her
giggle, and she said "Ok, mommy," and then did the sign for me too. I just wanted to add to your success stories! Thank you so much!
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