Before Grace was born, I looked into using sign language with infants. Â I found a plethora of information about its benefits, and I was looking forward to trying it out. Â My book said to begin between six and nine months of age. Â I never got around to signing during the school year, but started as soon as Grace and I were home together this summer. Â
- The More sign has been a success. Â She does the sign when she wants to play longer and when she wants more to eat. Â I’m going to start using it more often, so she’ll see it in different contexts. Â
- She’s never done the Eat sign. Â I still show it to her, and I think she’ll get it eventually.
- The Drink sign was the first one she did. Â We were in Sam’s Club one day, and Grace made the sign. Â I gave her a drink, she lapped it down, and all was good. Â
Except… Somewhere along the way, Grace began to associate the Drink sign with getting what she wanted. Â It stopped being about thirst.
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