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Signing With Babies And Children: yet another benefit...

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Friday, April 9, 2010

yet another benefit...

we all know there are so many benefits to signing, right?   countless, countless, benefits!  from reducing frustration, to higher vocabulary, to better social skills...the list is endless.

well, just recently, i discovered yet another benefit.  i'm not quite sure how to put it in words, yet, but i will do my best.

i was showing my son a picture of a police car, and i said to him, "look, it's a police car".  he looked at me, and signed "please" and said "please car".  huh.

a couple days later, we were squeezing limes into our water.  and i said, "do you want some lime water".  he looked at me and signed "lion".  alrighty.

what just happened for me, was i got a glimpse into my little guy's head.  i got a chance to understand what he's hearing.  how he understands what i'm saying to him.  sure, the words aren't quite right, but it shows me how what i'm saying gets processed through his little mind.  all these new words.  he takes it in, but has to filter it through what he already has in that little mind of his.  and sometimes it sticks, sometimes it's connected to something else.  whatever happens, had he not had signs, i could easily assume that a) it's going in one ear and out the other  or b) he understands exactly what i'm saying.

however, with his signs, i now realize that it's not just a) or b).  what is sometimes going on is that he does hear what i'm teaching him, but he also is working things out.  so, for right now, in his mind "please cars" drive around, and we drink "lion water."  and as he works it all out in his mind, i'm ok with that :)

3 comments:

SignShine said...

Heather, I really enjoyed to read how you got to think from Leo’s mind. Signing is such an amazing door opener to kids’ minds and thoughts. If everyone could just pause and really listen to our children.

Let the Sign Shine!
etel

Etel Leit, M.S.
Founder & Owner www.SignShine.com
Publisher www.BabySignShine.com

Heather Aymie said...

Heather Aymie-mother of three and early childhood educator

I could not agree more that signing can help you understand what your children are getting or not getting from our communication. Sign is yet another tool that allows us to see the world from our child's perspective.

My son who is six struggles with transitions, he began using the sign bye I love you each morning at school. It makes me feel great knowing he can use sign to help himself ease into his day.

Kelly - Sign2Connect said...

Amazing discovery! Signing with your child has allowed these wonderful openings in his growing mind! Wow!