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Why Sign Langugage Matters

It has been a while since I wrote about our autism progress. Quite frankly, I don’t remember where we left off. A lot has changed; we started a new program. This program is fantastic, but at first, I was so bent out of shape and cried. I was scared that it wouldn’t work after having a bad experience with the previous one.

I was in denial, I was hopeful, I had to push ALL my feelings aside and be a mother. I had to get my act together so that my son could move forward. I didn’t have time to think and be mad. I put everything aside and was open minded.

I was impressed with how structured this place was and how they had great communication. But besides that, I was able to learn a lot more about autism. It’s important to understand all you can and ask questions. It’s essential that they know his strengths, goals, and weaknesses. These were all great elements that the new place had.

The first thing that I noticed was that we kept track of progress. We are focusing on a lot of sign language, along with some other gross motor skills, but the sign language we learned was implemented at home immediately. We kept data on how many times he signed without us showing him and how many times he did it on his own when he wanted it without us asking.

For example cookie – show me cookies (he shows the sign for cookie). Independent is when he can show cookie when he wants one and not when we prompt him.

All of these signs help us communicate, and not get frustrated, but also know what he wants. Before, we never knew what he wanted. We are continually making noises and sounds, even with the sign language, so that we can take away the sign language in a few months and get him to be verbal hopefully.

The fact that he understands all of this makes me feel like the proudest mother ever. And, that he can communicate and tell us what he wants makes life so much easier for us both; from this moment on, I realized that we are on the same page and doing alright. So, yes,I am glad I made the decision that I did and pushed aside all the personal problems.

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  1. This is wonderful! Sign language is so important and great for young ones. I’m working with my 9 month old, to teach her a few often used words. Glad you and your little one are making awesome progress.

  2. You’re such an incredible mama. He is so blessed to have you and you him and I’m so glad you’ve found something so very helpful!

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