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We have been diligently working on sign language with Jaxson, he is 18 months old and still can’t communicate orally. He does babble some, but if he does babble it’s few and far between. We upped our Speech Therapy from every other week to weekly per Aerodigestive Team’s recommendation. He’s been doing the sign for “more” a lot, he does it in his little Jaxson way. Instead of tapping his fingers together for “more,” he brings his hands together. It is the cutest thing.
We’ve been watching Baby Signing Time a lot in the mornings per some of our DYRK1A Family. Their children loved it so I figured I could try it with Jaxson. I found that our oldest is just as interested with signing so it’s turned into a family thing in the mornings. He also loves their TreeSchoolers program for the older children–very educational and fun! Who thought learning could be so fun?
The ten signs we use the most with Jaxson are: More, Eat, Please, Thank you, Help, Mommy, Daddy, All done, No, and Open. Below is a chart from the first episode of Baby Signing Time.
|Baby Signing Time Chart|
Right now he does a lot of shouting or yelling, and he cries when he’s hungry. He seems to understand my signs but hasn’t been able to do them himself quite yet. I’m not discouraged. I know with his genetic mutation that being able to communicate is hit or miss. Some DYRK1A children start saying words between 4 to 7 years old, and I’ve talked to another momma and her son is 16 and can’t talk. He mostly communicates with signs and I think if I remember correctly pictures.
There are so many different ways to communicate besides being able to speak. The beauty about communication is that you can draw, write, use pictures, use body language, etc. to communicate with others..