Sunday, March 13, 2011

Look Who's Signing!

When Aiden was born, I was interested in learning some basic sign language to help him communicate with me. I learned a few things like "milk", "more", "eat", and "drink", however he really never needed them. Then, when Maddie was born, I decided that I was going to be more aggressive with learning sign language since there is a high likelihood that she will have some delayed speech. When she was less than 2 months old I took a Baby Sign Language class and was waiting for the readiness cues they said to look for.

She started waving "hi" and "bye" a few months ago and since then, I have been working on teaching her "all done" and "more". Well, at 11 months she nailed them, and quickly! Here are some recent videos to prove it.

A few weeks ago, during a particularly hard session of physical therapy, Maddie was getting frustrated and turned to Diane, our PT, and signed "all done" to her. It was so cute and so funny! Unfortunately, we were not "all done". At the end of the session Diane said to Maddie, "Ok, now we're all done" and she signed it again and smiled and clapped! Like, "Yes! Finally, we're done!".

And, she also loves a good game of, "How big is Maddie?" Even though I'm super proud of Maddie's "so big", my favorite part of this video is Aiden and his exasperation over trying to explain to us that Maddie is not, in fact, "so big". He's so funny!!

We're now working on "help" and "play". Those are a little harder, but I bet she picks up quickly, just like she did with these!


Lindsay said...

Yeah Maddie, great job. I'm so proud of both of you. But, you're right. The funniest part is Aiden. Like when my mom asks Jack a question and Lilly says, "he can't talk".

Anonymous said...

Oh Aiden! so funny! I'm glad you have so much of this recorded. Eden is watching with me and she wants more Maddie shows.