Last night then again this afternoon Emma has shown us a new skill! Though she's still not signing with her own hands, she's begun to do hand-over-hand with her therapist/teacher! Last night during speech Emma was using Mrs. M's hands to do signs like "more" and to knock on a toy to be opened. We're working toward having Emma do the signs herself, but this is a wonderful step in the right direction!
For those of you that might not know what I'm talking about, here's what I mean. Mrs. M would say "knock knock knock, OPEN" while knocking on a toy they were going to play with. She'd put E's hand on there, but E wouldn't do it. Then after a few times, E took Mrs. M's hand and put it on the box and moved it up and down. Knock knock knock... Today she did it with her teacher, but it was while she was clapping. Emma wouldn't clap herself (tho she CAN) but instead wanted to make her teacher's hands clap. Some of this (today) was control. But the fact that she is trying the things is a wonderful step toward independent signing!!