Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Talkin'.

I've heard over and over again that kids with Down syndrome focus.  Ellie spent the first part of her life very focused on gross motor.

The past few months, she's been hyper focused on speech and signing.  She was so very close to walking and doesn't seem interested anymore (although I'm hoping two mobile friends she sees daily will help) but she is signing and chatting like nobody's business, mostly to express strong opinions.

This video is mostly a string of random words with prompting from me.  (There's also a musical interlude.  Plug your ears/use the "mute" button, hum "The Wheels on the Bus," and watch Ellie.  Or ignore that advice and listen to me singing.)

For those with younger kids, this is NOT how we teach Ellie.  We use context, and pictures, and the objects when available.  This video is for grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins and Miss Lisa.  Please note that all of Ellie's spoken words start with "B".  Also, note that Ellie only does it halfway, but she won't sign sleeping.  Instead, she lays down on the ground, then pops back up with a smile.  "Sleeping."



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10 comments:

  1. Aw I love it! Good work Ellie! I'm sure she doesn't want to show you sleeping as she thinks it is a ploy to get her to go to sleep :)

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  2. Hailey laughs every time she does sleep...I don't know if it tickles or if is a "yea, right...I'm not going to sleep!" Ellie seems to like signing as much as Hailey...I need to learn more words!

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  3. She is doing amazing with her speech and signs!! Yay Ellie! You rock, girlie!

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  4. Super Ellie! She really has a lot of signs and words. I am very impressed

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  5. That was the cutest, most awesome video! She is doing so well! My daughter, Elliott, loves to watch videos of Eleanor!

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  6. You are always teaching, she is always learning, obviously you are right on track Mama! Adorable.

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  7. Woohoo!!! Ellie is AWESOME!! Great job, Ellie, great job, Mommy!! :-)

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  8. Go Ellie! You need to have this video for parents with a new diagnosis. So inspiring!

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  9. Awww when she signed Mommy I started to cry,she's so sweet and rocking her signs.Gives me encourage,Ent to keep signing with my baby.

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  10. Yay Ellie! She is such an inspiration :)

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