On the other side of things, I must repeat what you all already know - we believe in Sign Language! Last night, Allie's temp spiked again to 103 at about 3am. She was not happy and it was hard to help her get comfortable. At one point she sat up straight, looked at me and signed "Apple". I tried to tell her that it wasn't a good idea to eat right now, but she was so determined. She continued to sign "eat", "apple", "cracker", "drink", and "thirsty". I had been giving her small amounts of water, but would never have thought to give a sick child food in the middle of the night with a high temp. Because she was so adamant, we went to the kitchen and had an applesauce and cracker feast. She devoured it and it seemed to help her a lot. Without sign language, we probably would have had a temper tantrum on our hands all in the wee hours of the morning and with a high temp - would NOT have been fun. So, teaching children to sign really does work. (www.signingtime.com) I guess now is as good as a time as ever to also say that research has shown that teaching babies to sign does not delay language or cause them to not want to talk. In fact, it actually works the opposite way and encourages language skills. With Down syndrome babies, low muscle tone is often a factor. Learning to talk uses a lot of muscles and coordination, so we knew Allie would talk later than other babies. Then, add in her hearing loss and we knew there could be additional delays. So, it has worked wonderful for us and I'm confident it is not causing her to "not" want to talk. She is trying and making a lot more sounds these days. Plus, she is learning words and can read them, so we are in a win -win situation in my opinion.
Cheers to you from Allie and Family!
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