There’s a cool website called Signing Savvy that we heard about through the Down syndrome clinic at Children’s hospital.
Today as I was feeding Julian winter squash in his bumbo I was also teaching him sign language for “eat” and “more”. Tom and I also use the sign for “milk” when giving him a bottle.
Children with Down syndrome do particularly well with sign language. They use facial expressions, gestures, mime, and vocalizations to express their ideas. But because spoken language often develops more slowly than receptive language, sign language is often the tool they need to build their confidence communicating.
Right now Julian doesn’t do the signs back to us yet but I know that one day he will just start doing them if we continue the repetition!