Prior to a speech session, Landon's therapist and I would discuss different themes/categories of words to focus on. For example, one week we may focus on things that Landon likes to do. Landon loves to play pass with a ball, toys that play music and he enjoys flipping through the pages of a book. His therapist would then bring a ball, musical toy and a book to his session and would show him the sign for each object that they are using at the time. Over the next couple of weeks, when he has repeatedly been shown the sign to each object, she would then give him a choice of which activity he would like to do. Sometimes Landon will motion towards his choice and on occasion he would make an attempt to sign the object. It's almost like being given vocabulary words for homework. You go over them repeatedly, and then you are tested at the end of the week. The test being, making a choice as to which activity you would like to do. And just like school, each week, your vocabulary words change. It doesn't matter if you get them wrong. Eventually, when you see the word enough times, you learn how to spell it, the right way!! But each week, the words change, and that's how we build on our vocabulary.
With the help of Landon's speech therapist, here is a list of words that Landon is able to sign (some are more consistent than others):
hi, bye, mama, eat, milk, more, all done, book, dog, bath, my turn, music, fish and hat (he is currently attempting to sign "friend")
He also knows the different parts of his body: eyes, nose, mouth, tongue, teeth, hands and feet.
And his all time favorite is signing the "Itsy Bitsy Spider"!!
Here is a glimpse of Landon during his ST sessions!!