Friday, April 11, 2014

Signing Success Story #8 | San Antonio * Baby Signing

A couple of times each month, we like to feature the success stories of San Antonio's littlest signers. Today, I thought it would be fun to share the story of the little girl who is the inspiration behind what we do here at Lone Star Signers.

Child’s name and age:
Adeline (5 years old)

When and why did you start signing with your child?

Addie was 18 months old (15 months adjusted) when we started signing with her. Born 14 weeks too early, she faced several developmental delays the first few years of her life, including speech. Her fabulous speech therapist recommended that we try American Sign Language as a way to bridge her to verbal communication.

* How has signing made a difference in your family?

When we started signing with Adeline over four years ago, I don't think we could have guessed how that decision would impact our family, equipping other parents to communicate with their young children! Signing Time was one of the best parts of our day--we learned new signs together while laughing and singing. And the best part was that it worked!

Within a few months, she was speaking and signing. By the end of the year, she no longer qualified for speech therapy, and when she was evaluated by the school district on her 3rd birthday, her speech skills were two years ahead of her actual age.

Today, Addie is a very chatty extravert who still loves signing!

* What would you tell a friend interested in signing with their child?

Young children WANT to communicate with their family, but often lack the verbal skills to do so. There are absolutely no negatives to using sign language, but there are countless benefits! If you put in the time to learn the signs and use them consistently at home, you will be amazed.

Addie went from being non-verbal at 18 months to reading words at 3.5! I have no doubt that Signing Time fits her learning style perfectly and has equipped her for early learning success.

* Do you have a favorite Signing Time product?

We have several DVDs on permanent rotation around here. Our younger daughter Kate still loves Baby Signing Time and we all love our new Rachel and the Treeschoolers digital episodes!

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