Greetings from Japan,For those of you who know, I've been worried about Neil's late speech development (he's 3 and very behind the other kids speaking wise)...He's coming along OK (slowly but OK) but he gets very frustrated.Last month my wife saw a special about how some parents are teaching their kids sign language who don't have hearing problems.I decided to learn some basic sign language and teach Neil (we're also teaching Erika, our 1 year old).WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!!!!With his signing in hand he pushes himself to learn more and sometimes speaks when he does so...Here's a before/after example.BEFORE: 'Daddy - car' pointing to the drivers seatThis could be translated the obvious way: "Daddy please drive the car" BUT it could also be "Daddy, this car is too small and I want you to buy a bigger one because in the future I will have many friends"-or-"Daddy, please don't drive the car because last time you almost hit a dog"-or-"Daddy, the driver's car seat is dirty, please clean it."As you can see, it could mean several hundered different things and we had to make a 'logical' guess as to what he was trying to say...NOW: Daddy - "sign for driving and sometimes saying DRIVE" - carCool...And the side benefit... Erika is SIGNING TOO!!!!!She's got several signs down: DRINK (she's thirsty) - MORE - EAT (she's hungry) - UP (pick me up) - DOWN (put me down) - WANT (which means she wants whatever she's pointing at) and a few more...HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY DADDY HEREAnother side bonus: I'm learning sign language... always wanted to but never gave myself the time.nyakki
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