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Makaton- how long did it take for your DC's to pick it up?

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skuntoo Sun 13-Oct-13 13:53:13

My DS is 21 mths and only has 1 word ummm that has now turned into Mum which he calls out to myself partner or daughter if he can't reach to pat us.
I've taken him to speech and language drop in and he's been referred to "Helping your child to communicate course". The therapist also suggested signing so I'm doing a 2 day Makaton course in Nov.
He is having his hearing checked at the end of this month as I have just recently found out that my DD has unilateral hearing and has been referred for ASD behaviour.

How long did it take your DC's to pick it up and understand you? Also he doesn't understand the word yes if u ask him anything he always shakes his head no he understands what I'm saying to him eg take your shoes off and he sniffs everything!!!! Sorry for long post X

proudmum74 Sun 13-Oct-13 18:14:03

Hi Skuntoo , DD is 3.5 has DS and moderate /severe conductive deafness in both ears.

We started signing (whilst talking) with her when she was about 1, after i attended a 2 day signing course, and for the first year it felt like a bit of a waste of time. Then I went on the Hanen course, which essentially taught me to wait longer for a response & show as well as sign, and suddenly it all clicked. 18 months on DD is an excellent communicator, has over 300 signs & has just started to speak clearly in short sentences.

We watch 'Something Special' on cbeebies and have the 'singing hands' DVDs (nursery rhymes with Makaton signing) which DD absolutely loves!

Signing (whilst talking) has genuinely helped my DD, and hopefully the courses you are going on will help your DS too.

skuntoo Sun 13-Oct-13 20:04:28

Hi Proudmum that's so lovely to hear about your DD!!!
We have just started watching Something Special and both kids like it my DD is picking it up quite quickly!!!
I've bought a Makaton signs and symbols book just to tied us over until course starts but I might get the singing hands DVD too.
We r talking and signing at the same to DS and I'm taking my time but good advice about waiting for response.
I think my partners worried that I'm gonna get abit despondent if it doesn't work but I need to try and communicate with him better and its better than doing nothing smile

proudmum74 Sun 13-Oct-13 21:37:53

If it helps, my DH wasn't convinced about signing (or the Hanen course) at first, as he was worried that signing may delay DD speech, and it took a while for DD to start responding, or rather for me to wait longer enough to give her a chance to respond! wink - I was taught to count to 5 elephants slowly in my head as a guide of how long to wait

Now DH signs as well as I do & is totally on board, as he's seen what a huge difference it has made to DD.

Don't be out off if it doesn't work straight away, it took almost a year before DD started responding, (i lost count of how many times I tried to get her to sign 'more' in that 1st year whilst she just looked at me as if i was slightly mad....but now she's got the idea she picks up new signs so quickly & 'more' is now definitely one of her favourite signs!

Good luck!

ShadeofViolet Mon 14-Oct-13 18:40:02

My DS only ever learnt 2 signs from me - 'home' and 'help'. It took about 6 months.

The rest he learnt from Something Special. He knows some very odd signs - such as lighthouse and donkey, but also hello, goodbye and thank you.

proudmum74 Mon 14-Oct-13 21:21:33

grin ShadeofViolet DD must have been watching the same episodes as your DS!

DD's obscure sign for today was 'samba drum' not sure how useful that's going to be in everyday life!

skuntoo Mon 14-Oct-13 22:36:58

'Samba drum' how funny !!!
This seems so small but rang my DP today as yesterday we all ate homemade cake and we were saying Mmmm and rubbing bellys well today DS and I were walking passed Co-op and there's this massive pic of a sandwich on the shop front. DS rubbed his belly and went Mmmm!!! I was so pleased grin
Funny we learnt guinea pig which DD2 was pleased about as nanny has 2 so she's gonna show her next time we see her!!!!

proudmum74 Tue 15-Oct-13 20:41:01

That's not small at all, it's a huge step! smile congratulations to your DS

skuntoo Wed 16-Oct-13 06:46:15

Thanks u smile Proudmum its a lot of effort compared to my daughters but when u see the changes its worth it.

skuntoo Sun 20-Oct-13 21:33:56

Well I've been signing for 2 wks now and I asked DS today if he wanted a drink he nodded yes and signed thank u I'm so pleased!!!!!!!

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