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Follow Friday – Women of Strength

I use my Follow Friday posts a lot to share with you people who inspire me.  And I’m so lucky to know so many of these amazing people through twitter.

I’ve also used these posts to share with you some of the people who help me make it through the days and who I turn to for support.

This weeks a bit of both.

  • We are huge fans of Rachel Colman and her Signing Time series.  She has an incredibly inspiring post on her blog right now about preparing to run a half marathon with her family.  That might not seem like a huge deal to many people, but take into consideration one of her daughters is deaf and the other has spina bifida and cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. I love the fact she doesn’t let anything stand her way and teaches her kids that they shouldn’t either.
  • I want to give a special shout out to Linda.  I met Linda when she came to do a Discovery Toys party at my house when Vista wasn’t even a year old.  She has a son with special needs and she became someone I could call when I was at my wits end with the system and she would offer encouragement, and tell me over and over not to give up.  It was Linda who told me to insist on the MRI for Vista and how to get it.  She was one of the first people who talked to me how to really navigate the health care system to get what we need.  If it wasn’t for her, I don’t think we would have the diagnoses or supports in place that we do today.

Who are the people that inspire you?

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Show Me A Sign

Milestones. As parents we watch with eagle eyes for our kids to meet these imaginary deadlines. Rolling over, crawling, walking, talking.

Even though Vista missed her milestones for motor skills (we ended up having to teach her how to roll over and crawl at 14mths) the one that always really concerned us was speech.

The ability to communicate trumps all.

Without this we don’t know if they are hungry, tired, hurt, what they want to play with, what they want from us.

We realized early speech was going to be an issue when at 10 mths she wasn’t chattering and babbling like most kids. Could it have just been that she was a quite child? Perhaps, but parents instinct told us probably not.

We evaluated our options.

We could do nothing and wait and see. We could take her into speech therapy.

We chose option 3. We taught her sign language.

Like any good geeks, we turned to the interwebs for advice, reviews, and inspiration.

We picked up a few recommended baby signs books and had… well lets face it, no success what so ever.

We ended up stumbling onto Signing Time purely by accident and with nothing to lose we picked up the the two Baby Signing Time DVD’s they had. They worked wonders for us. We learned, she learned, and we were able to have, well, if not conversations, at least interaction. Within a week she was able to tell us she wanted a bottle, that she wanted more, and she would point to the puppies and sign ‘dog’ enthusiastically.

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As Vista got older, she picked up more signs, we picked up more signs. All her doctors and workers agreed that it was a very good thing that we had made the decision to teach her to sign. Without it we would have had a very frustrated child on our hands.

I’ve been see a lot of posts lately from parents who’s kids seem to be taking their own time learning to talk. I always encourage parents to explore their options in a case like that. Signing may not be right for you and your kids. It does take a level of commitment on the part of parents to learn the signs themselves and use them consistently. If you’re willing to do that, you can open a whole new world and you get to learn a second language.

At 2.5yrs now, Vista is a non-stop talker. But when she’s tired, having problems making herself understood, or just feeling shy, she still reverts to signing. We will forever be thankful that we discovered Signing Time.  It has been a sanity saver in our house.

*no part of this post was sponsored, supported, or anything other than just my opinion of what worked for Vista.  YMMV*

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