I’m a big fan of Baby Sign language. I’ve seen the successes that it’s brought for some of my young mom friends and I experienced it first hand when we babysat for our friends’ daughter from birth. It really does work.
But I’ve often wondered if the same simple signs that parents use with their infants and toddlers might also work well for parents of preschoolers and elementary school age kids that have some learning difficulties and the like. Now a days it seems like no matter where you turn, there is another child that’s considered “on the autism spectrum” and I would think that using sign language with these precious kids might help to reach them at a level that you might not be able to otherwise.
I’m no expert but it seems that speaking with the kids visually as well as with speaking the words while making the signs to them would help to bridge the communication gap with kids that are hard to communicate with. I know it certainly can’t hurt!
I have a resource to pass on to you today that might help in this regard. First is a free ecourse on Aspergers Syndrome – another syndrome along with autism that I hear more and more about these days. If you’re interested in learning more about this, just fill out the form below and you’ll get a series of emails that touches on the syndrome, the symptoms, treatments, etc. It’s really thorough and it’s free! 🙂
Here’s the sign up for that – and don’t worry – this is just a list for that particular ecourse. I won’t email you through that beyond those initial emails.
Enjoy and I hope it’s helpful!