I taught my son sign language because he couldnt say what he wanted almost 2 he still signs but wont say the word what should i do and was it a bad idea to start the sign language

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Lauran - posted on 01/17/2009

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I tought my 15month old the basic signs, she uses them especially "more" I think it is a great idea. Maybe say the word as you sign it?

Staci - posted on 01/17/2009

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I have taught all 3 of my kids to sign.  My oldest son learned a ton of signs, and he also, did not verbalize a word, if he could sign it.  He didn't really start speaking until about a little over 2.  And then it was full complete sentences, as if an adult was speaking.  Does your child watch and learn before doing other things?  He might very well know "how to speak" but is just waiting to perfect it.  When I spoke with my ped about this, he told me to count the signs when doing a word count.  When I did that, my son well exceeded the amount of words he "should" be saying at a given age.  I do believe you should check with the Doc to make sure there is do developmental delay.  And if not, just keep reassuring the actual words when he does sign.  Good luck!

Angie - posted on 01/07/2009

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We taught our son to sign and were getting a little worried about his talking. But, at about 18 months, he started talking and hasn't stopped since. It really helped that he was signing though because it made our lives easier.

Stephanie - posted on 01/07/2009

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I work in the early childhood field.  It was not at all a bad idea to teach your son sign language, at least he has some way to communicate with you.  I believe though that by now he should be using some oral language, even if it isn't to tell you what he wants.  Does he use words for other things like mommy or some animal names or sounds?  You should make an appointment with your doctor and express your concerns.  Good luck.  Early intervention with any type of learning or speech delay (of that is what this is) makes a world of difference!



Enjoy your little guy



Stephanie

Vickie - posted on 01/07/2009

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I taught signs to my daughter and I did notice that she signed all kinds of words unless I was diligent about saying the word as well a few times...now she signs and says the words.  I'm sure he will catch up just fine - it will just take some practice.

Tanya Bauer - posted on 01/07/2009

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I will be the other side of the equation. I didn't teach my daughter sign and I never had any problems understanding what she needs. All the children that I have come in contact with that have been taught sign have not met their verbal milestones at the age that they are "supposed" to. At almost 22 months my daughter has a vocabulary of 100+ words. Verbal communication is so important that while teaching sign language is a great necessity for hearing impared children, children with no hearing or speech problems need to learn to communicate verbally. Once they have the speech thing down then teach them sign so they can communicate with children who can't hear.

Kristie - posted on 01/07/2009

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I think it is great to teach signing. I wish I did. I agree with AnnMarie and you should encourage him to say the words as he signs. He will catch on. My son had to have speech therapy cause he wouldn't speak at all at age 2. The therapist used signing and words. He is now 3 and we can't get him to STOP talking now. :0)

Tasha - posted on 01/07/2009

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Teaching sign was a great help- I'm sure you and you son are much less frustrated since he can express what he needs/wants. Really praise him for using his words with/instead of his signs and he will likely start to come around.

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No it was not a bad idea for you to teach him sign language.  Children get used to what they know and what is easy. Encourage him to use his words and he will catch on. ALWAYS use the sign AND say the word!!!  If he signs drink make him say drink before you give it to him. He will catch on and be fine. If you suspect that he is not speaking because of a delay or possible hearing problem talk with your pediatrician to rule out any medical reason why he would not be speaking. Good Luck!

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