Research indicates that signing eases a child’s frustration when she can’t speak. Ultimately, we must trust that each child will develop at her own rate and in her own style.
From the time Juliet was a toddler she’s always been keenly observant. Even when you don’t think she’s listening and understanding, she is. And when she doesn’t understand what’s going on, she’ll ask: What are you talking about? When my daughter doesn’t want Juliet to know what we’re talking about, she uses the age-old trick of spelling a few keys words, for example: Have you decided on a G-I-F-T for her B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y?