Conner is deaf and sign language is hard for him sort of cause he has sporatic movement of his hands and fingers. He is a year this wed and i feel bad cause i cant communicate with him like i wish to. I know he is still young but i was wondering how do you communicate with your child if they cant hear or talk? Thank you all for answering! I am going to continue to sign with him. I didnt know about the pecs system and i looked into it and it sounds like a good idea to try. Im going to start off with simple things like eat or bath. And take the pictures myself. :) yaw have been so helpful again thanks
My son couldn't talk until he was over 5, and couldn't talk a lot until he was 8... We used pecs and a talking board (vantage) plus sign-
But really, as he grows he will find ways to communicate his needs! My foster son is almost completely non-verbal and has very poor muscle control, and he has invented his own signs and gestures and pointing and grunting to get what he wants/needs across to us. Kids are very inventive about communication once try choose to be!
(My one year old doesn't really talk or sign at all yet) :)
I would do total communication. Stick with sign language, because he will still be able to understand you siging to him, and like already mentioned, try the PECS system. As he gets older, other communication methods will also work, especially if he is able to do some reading, even if it is individual words. You may just need to try different ways until you come to a method that works best for him. I will say that he really should continue to learn and understand sign language. As he gets older, he will probably have more exposure to other deaf individuals, and he will appreciate knowing sign.
We used a variety of methods to communicate with our son until speech got good enough to be used most. His signs were not always accurate, but we could get what he was trying to do. We also used gestures, body language, "show me" once he got mobile and could take us and show is. They trird PECS (picture exchange system) with him, but he never took to it. It may work for your little one, though. You could try making a few simple ones (like bed, bath, food, drink) and see if he picks it up.
My 21 year old is none verbal and she uses some sign and writes things down but mostly uses her Say-it-Sam to communicate with. It can talk or be silence and you can read what she has put up. Her first one was hardly used because of being sent in to be fixed several times, but the one she has now has been allot better.