I hope everyone had a wonderfully blessed CHRISTMAS. Ms. Little Fingers had her fingers into some great gifts bright and early (6:30am!) with ALL the family to watch (including distant family via Skype!). She was old enough to understand and enjoy opening gifts this year and we really got a kick out of watching her throughout the day during the three gift opening opportunities she got. She enjoyed the lights on the CHRISTMAS TREE ...
(Sign: CHRISTMAS TREE)
She enjoyed singing JINGLE BELLS...
(sign: JINGLE BELLS - or BELLS) She even enjoyed the CANDY CANES on the CHRISTMAS TREE too! (which is why we employed the sign: NO TOUCH! click here for NO TOUCH sign!)
(Sign: CANDY CANE) Overall, it was a great CHRISTMAS!
Need something to do this weekend at your Christmas parties or dinner table? How about a little play-on-words!?
Here are some popular holiday songs described in a slightly different way than their title .. Name that song! (Best part, hopefully you'll know the sign language hint! - the sign is the word actually in the song) 1. Flicker flicker, small heavenly body.
2. Five p.m to six a.m.
3. I desire a large herbivorous African mammal for the holiday.
I know it doesn't start with R, but this was so appropriate because I'm sure there are many other parents out there going through what I am going through. How many times can you say "NO." So .. now I sign NO TOUCH! (you can also see that's there's hardly any ornaments on the bottom - she truly can't resist! and I caught her red handed!)
Read this great story how sign language helped this grateful family (she was also one of the winners to our Giving Thanks Week during Thanksgiving).
Sign Language has played a
substantially important role in my family's life. Our daughter Iliana, who is
now 7 years old, was born with several disabilities. I remember when she was 3, she was still not picking up speech; her four words were "Dada,
Momma, night, & bye bye". We tried everything from speech-language
pathology at the hospital to OT and Speech classes several days a week at home,
but to no avail. We attributed this learning/speech delay to her extensive
brain damages previous to birth. At that age of 3, she also received her
tracheostomy tube and it was the last time I ever heard any of those four words
from her again. You can imagine the devastation we felt even if it was only
four words. However, one day my sister mentioned teaching her some simple signs
and that she may even learn to communicate back with us. This opened up new
opportunities for our family.
Iliana is now signing single words - a word to describe what she wants to
do or what she would like (for example, her toy phone). She knows many basic
signs! I know the frustration that parents and children who can't
speak feel, when communication between each other is just not there. Your child
wants something but doesn't know how to communicate it, leaving us to guess.
Daily life can be dramatically improved starting with just basic signing. The
signs for milk or eat, play, happy, sad, hurt, and etc. has helped us greatly! Now that Iliana is a
little older she is able to ask me for things. She has to sign things in the room that she
sees, instead of crying and pointing. This really makes me so happy, and I know
she is eager to learn more! One thing I’ve learned about using sign language is
that you don't have to be an expert at using it. I am no expert and am still
continuously learning all the time. However it is also not impossible to
remember the new signs, while learning. So, do not be discouraged if you are
thinking about learning as you go, and teaching your child.
Our favorite ways to learn together has been by using Flash cards, iPad apps,
Rachel Coleman's Signing Time DVDs, and recently we were generously gifted the
book, Signing Time Play Time Signs, which is a wonderful picture teaching book
that she will enjoy over and over! (Thank You, HearMyHands). ASL is not just
for deaf and hard of hearing, but an awesome tool for special needs children
and adults, or anyone with the desire to learn. I am so grateful we have this
amazing language, because communicating with Iliana has been a true joy and we
look forward to learning more together, every day!
To sign QUEEN: make a Q and put on the top corner of your chest around your shoulder and go do on a diagonal to the bottom of your torso .. QUEEN (like the her sash!) Trying something new - what do you think of the signed pictures?!?
So for the first time, we went completely MIA for the week. I'm so sorry about that ... the post-Thanksgiving craze, work, school, life ... oy! But we're back and we have some great holiday signs coming your way soon! So, letter of the week!