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Signing With Babies And Children: Signing becoming a part of the Family

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Signing becoming a part of the Family

Signing is some thing that is engaging and proves to be as a gift in our family: a gift you want to share and have a hard time keeping it to yourself at times. This was the case when my sister had her first child. My son was two years old at the time, and she had witnessed the gift of communication through signing.

It wasn’t long until her little one was signing up a storm. As our children are getting older, signing continues to be a part of our families in the simplest ways. Just the other day, I was with my sister at an airport. She was on the phone with some one, and I gave her the impression that I was going to go ahead a bit. She automatically signed “wait,” and soon after she was done with her phone conversation.

I couldn’t help but laugh to myself to realize how signing becomes a part of you. Just as Lora wrote in her last post, "Growing up with Sign," I feel it's a joy to sign at all ages. It connects us from close and far ages as well as distances. My sister was only a foot a way from me, but she chose to sign "wait" instead of interrupting a phone call with a friend.

Do you have a family member with whom you are hesitating to share your testimony of ASL? I challenge you to send them a link to this blog or email/tell them some of your stories with signing and your own children and see where it takes them.

Written by Shawna Tran: and

1 comment:

SignShine said...

Signing is sooooo rewarding. It is practical (not only fun and cutie) --- I love your story.

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