Non-verbal communication

Dana - posted on 07/18/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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We have been having a hard time teaching our son Reed to use non-verbal communication (pointing, nodding, etc.) and it seems like he understands but prefers to whine and cry until he gets what he wants. Any suggestions on how to teach him non-verbal communication?

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Christie - posted on 07/20/2009

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Baby Einstein has a First Signs dvd that is great! It has the basics, mom, dad, eat, drink, etc. My son did great with it and is now teaching my daughter.

Anna - posted on 07/18/2009

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I taught both of my children sign language ASL and it was very helpful. You would be suprised at how quickly they pick up on the signs and use them. It really helped cut down on their frustration to communicate b/f they could verbalize what they wanted. I started w/ the signs- eat, drink, milk, more, sleep, help, hurts, please, thank you. Use lots of repetition and repeat the word with the sign during the action. For example while he is eating say "eat" and sign "eat". If you give him more, sign more, etc. We worked on one sign per day not to confuse the kids w/ too many at once and just used lots of repetition. Good Luck!

Heather - posted on 07/18/2009

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I have several friends who have had great success with baby sign language.

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