Thursday, April 19, 2007
The 5 handshape is facing the face and is then pulled down and closes to represent the eyes closing. The head pulls down to further emphasize that a person is sleeping.
Learning to sign is a long long road. We've been working on some basic signs for over two years. Initially, Crew's therapist suggested some signs like, "MORE, MILK, EAT, PLEASE" etc. She also showed me the sign for sleep but indicated that most children don't learn it quickly because they don't want to. What child wants to indicate they are tired or
ready for sleep?
SLEEP is the first sign that Crew learned. He started using it ages ago, I can't even remember how long. The communication with Crew progresses at times, plateaus and sometimes even seems to regress. Crew has gone for long periods of time where he won't use his signs or words. This is usually during a time when he is diligently working on something else like gross motor skills. I've read that it is typical behavior for these little kiddos to plateau in one area while they are concentrating on another.
It is very entertaining to watch Crew communicate that he is ready for bed. Last night, I noticed Crew subtly signing "sleep". I said to my DH, "Carl, look at Crew". To which my supposed hard of hearing son starts giggling and in a double handed exaggerated sign language fashion signs sleep repeatedly. It is so fun to watch Crew get into his sign. One is not really suppose to drag their hand down the face smashing the nose and squishing the lips but is to hold the hand in front of the face. But I say, "Hey, whatever it takes to get the point across kiddo!