How else can you learn about gestures?
- Have a meal when you eat in silence. Only gestures will be allowed! For older children, everytime they talk they lose a utensil!
- People watch! Sit with your older child on a bench in the park and watch people walk past you. Watch how people use their hands to talk.
- As a follow up to the previous activity - video tape yourself and then watch the video to see how many gestures you use in a short period without even knowing.
We taught both of the kids sign language when they were babies - they have now outgrown it, but it's a wonderful way to get them to communicate when they are unable to talk. At first, I doubted it. I thought that teaching them sign language would stop them from talking when they should. Not an issue. We taught both of the kids the basics for mealtime - Please, Thank You, More and All Done. There are so many books out there - go to your local library and check a couple out! It's always to learn new things!