Quoting Mommyof2boys :" <blockquote><b>Quoting My Lil' Monster:</b>" I am in the same boat with The Dagonator. ... [snip!] ... signing with him they say it would be pointless because he would not use it long. They do pic communication with him thougj"
I actually find signing more efficient because when we are at the grocery store and he is thirsty, hungry, sleepy, or anything he signs it to me. I for one was against the picture therapy for one main reason...why carry a picture book or cards when signing (even if he is not going to use it for ever) is more efficient to him and us? It is easier for him to sign "sleepy" than to search for a damn picture in which he may not even have in his book. He signs over 40 words right now which is more than his 10-15 pictures in his "communication book" and he is less frustrated since he can tell me right then and there rather than seek the word/words he is looking for. Also ASL is considered a second language and if he learns enough and retains enough even once he is speaking then why not encourage it.