Although sign language will never be an effective means of communication for Adrian due to his inability to sign consistently and precisely, we still use signs with Adrian to augment other means of communication.
In trying to get Adrian to sight read words, I made several simple books using sign vocabulary that he already knew. The idea was that he would be able to ‘read’ the books by signing the words he read.
One of the first books was titled “The Cat and The Fish”. Much to my husband’s horror, the book ends like any cat/fish story – with a full kitty tummy and one less character. No matter. Adrian thought it was just as funny as I did.
Adrian really enjoyed ‘reading’ these books so I made more. Last year his speech therapist picked up the idea and created several more for him to work on at school. I don’t know if these books will ever be the most effective way to work on reading skills, but it’s sure a lot of fun. 🙂