Friday, November 2, 2007

Sign Language Update

In the interest of documenting his progress for my own reflection in years to come, Tucker has become fluent in the following signs:
  • help
  • cookie
  • cracker
  • drink
  • eat
  • fruit bar
  • banana
  • cereal
  • hurt
  • juice
  • Elmo
  • Mickey Mouse
  • bird
  • fish
  • book
  • airplane
  • lion
  • bear
  • Grandma/Poppa/MaeMae/Grandpa
  • shoes
  • sunglasses
  • phone
  • brush teeth
  • bath
  • cat
  • rabbit
  • more
  • please
  • thank you
  • baby
  • sleeping/Shhhhh
  • binkie
  • sad
  • car
  • music
  • hat
  • hi
  • bye-bye
  • cheese
  • all done
  • up
  • down
  • "just one more" or "in one minute"
  • dog
  • play
  • hot
  • cold
  • broken

Good heavens! That's over 40! Now if we could just get him to say some of these words he knows so welll...

As for actual words, we have:

  • MaMa or Mommy
  • Daddy (his favorite, which he shouted all over the grocery store this week)
  • Baby
  • Beep! Beep!
  • Uh-oh (Note to any readers who spend any time with my son: this word is NEVER to be ignored. He is always saying it for a reason that requires at least a glance.)

The signing list is much longer than the verbal list... and so I wait. And I keep working with him. And I remain thankful that he is getting the help he needs. And I try, really, really hard, not to get discouraged or impatient with this slow progress when we are around other children his age (or younger) who talk circles around him.

You'll get it, Sweet Tucker. You sure will. And in the meantime, you keep signing your little heart out.

Mommy knows just what you're saying.

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