Using sign language can serve as an important vehicle for tapping into functional communication, before children begin talking. There are several indicators you can look for, to know if your child may be ready!
- Sitting up well
- Using two hands to hold and play with rattles & toys
- Looking at the speaker
- Reducing frustration
- Facilitating language development
- Encouraging gesturing, pointing
- Encouraging word approximations, labeling and eventual talking
When beginning to sign with your child, it is best to start with practical, everyday words. We find when parents and caregivers use the same sign repetitively in everyday situations, toddlers begin making connections and approximating the signs demonstrated by the parents or the caregivers. While at first it may be a groping attempt, over time it becomes more refined and precise. As you integrate more useful signs, like the ones listed below, your baby can communicate his or her desires. Be consistent in using the corresponding sign and the spoken word, and before long, your child will follow suit! Laura Mize is an experienced preschool Speech Language Pathologist and she regularly impresses upon professionals and parents that imitating actions precedes imitating mouth movements or words! So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started learning signs that babies use regularly and get your little one talking!
We love the Signing Time Video series and love even more that there are so many free downloads available. Check the sight here for her top 10 signs and some free reproducibles, or buy some of the videos. As the Speech-Language Pathologists in our group provide therapy for many children with a variety of diagnoses, we have found these signs to be the most beneficial ones for late talker’s, children with Down syndrome and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
As a leading pediatric therapy company in the midlands of South Carolina, we take seriously the need to hire highly qualified individuals who will work well with our families. We believe every child can make progress and we greatly appreciate the trust our families have in our team approach for service delivery! Sprout Pediatrics continues to grow and here is our latest team member to join the family! Here’s Ashley’s biographical information.
I am a speech-language pathologist who loves working with children. I started off my career as a speech-language pathologist in a nursing home, and it did not take long before I transitioned back. Serving children and their families is my passion.
Currently, I work in a local private practice serving children age birth-15, and I am very excited to begin working with Sprout on Fridays. My main interests with speech therapy include: expressive/receptive language disorders, speech/articulation disorders, and pragmatic deficits. I have experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, articulation disorders, voice disorders, apraxia, feeding difficulties, and expressive/receptive language disorders. I love to help children reach their full potential and provide parents/caregivers with the information and tools needed to do so.
Originally from Florence, SC, I attended undergraduate school at Clemson University, where I studied Early Childhood Education. From there, I attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina where I received my Master’s degree in Speech Therapy. My husband, Derek, and I got married in August 2012 and currently live in Lexington, SC. I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dog (Tucker), and going to Clemson football games.
I am so excited to have the privilege to work with the staff at Sprout Pediatrics and strive to be a great addition to their wonderful team of therapists!
It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child and it is perhaps never more true than in the life of a family with a special needs child.
At Sprout Pediatrics our core beliefs are founded in the belief that we can achieve the Lord’s mandate in Matthews 25:14-28, to reach the potential He has placed in each of us. We believe that in our partnership with families and resources within the community we can achieve success in this high calling.
A majority of my 17 year career as a Physical Therapist have been focused on function and the home environment. My passion has always been to use what we have within our immediate environment to improve function. As it pertains to very young children this results in more family involvement and education as well increased active participation by the child because they are familiar with their surroundings.
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Rhyno Coetsee PT
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