Communication!

August 22, 2008

We’ve been teaching Jonah a little bit of sign language — mostly just to help him and us feel less frustrated until his language skills catch up with his motor skills. We recently taught him a few that have proved incredibly helpful.

In addition to his staple of “more,” “all done,” and “nurse,” he recently learned “please” and a modified version of the sign for “help.” So now instead of getting mad about something he can’t quite do, he’ll just look at one of us and sign “help.” It’s SO nice.

He’s also picked up a few new words…”Bub Bub” (Bubbles) and “Dhat” (That?) has become a daily ones now. We’ve also heard, “tree” and a strung together “whatisit?” He also says “duck” and “stuck” (as in the straw is stuck in the glass or the toy is stuck to the ground). Those two sound an awful lot alike so you gotta listen closely. 🙂

The best part is that he’s starting to make little mini sentences, combining signs and words. Yesterday, he said “Bub Bub” while signing “please.”

It’s so nice to know more about what’s going on in that little head of his!

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