Monday, March 23, 2009

Dear consistently warm weather...

...please get here soon!

Following 8 years of working with children with disabilities and communication delays, I've become a huge proponent of using total communication (pairing speech with sign language) to develop language. So, I've been teaching Eli some basic signs. He's a bit of a strong-willed child and I was also hoping that providing him a way to express his wants and need might limit some of the screaming and whining. Lord knows, we need to limit the screaming and whining!

I started with the basic "all done" sign and have added a few signs each month. Recently, I taught Eli the sign for "outside." Who knew the obsession that would ultimately ensue? I can't get away from the "outside" sign. 6:30am - Me: "Good morning, little one" Eli: "Siii" (while signing "outside"). 10:45 - Me: "Eli, want to play with blocks?" Eli: "Siii" (while signing "outside"). 11:30 - Me: "Time for lunch. What should we eat today?" Eli: "Siii" (while signing "outside"). I think you get the picture. It's pretty much that. ALL. DAY. LONG.

It's a good thing I like being outside.

So, if you're ever in the neighborhood and you can't find us, just look around "siii." That's where we'll be.


Dougherty Family said...

The boy knows what he likes. He is so smart! Can't wait to see you guys!!

The Eckerts said...

So cute. I remember when Samuel was obsessed with that word. I have had so much success with signing with them. It has helped a lot with their melt downs! And you're so right, we need to limit the screaming and whining as much as possible :)