I’m so proud of my son. He is now using sign language. This will open up a new way of communicating for my nonverbal autism son. He is using the signs for “Thank you” and “help.” This morning, I tried to teach him to sign mom. He needs help with it, but I think he will get it quick. I just need to keep working on it with him.
He’s 13, and we have been trying to get him to sign since he was 5. I never gave up on it. He has used some in school, in the past, but not consistently. He is now consistently using the Thank you and help signs. I was so happy this morning when he used “help” without being prompted.
I will need to brush up on my sign language. I think we have a great opportunity here, and I need to take advantage of it. I will have to talk to his private speech therapist and get her to incorporate a few signs in their therapy sessions. I will also need to talk to his teacher and see if we can come up with a list of signs to work on together. We need to be consistent. I also don’t want to overwhelm him by trying to work on too many at one time.
For now, I am going to take great pleasure in my son’s success. This is a great milestone for him. It’s also a faster way of communicating. One of the biggest problems with a communication device is that it takes time to communicate with it. My son doesn’t like to take that time. It’s frustrating for him. Plus, signing is a form of communication that can be used anywhere. He won’t be dependent on having his device with him. When he wants to talk, he doesn’t have to go get his device. He can use his hands.
This great milestone is a reminder to never give up on my child accomplishing something new. The more progress he makes with this, the easier his life will be. I am filled with so much energy and pride. I feel like my son can accomplish anything. Even if it takes time. I am also a lot more hopeful for his future.