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Sign Language

Discussion in 'Lifestyle Management' started by SunnyInside, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. SunnyInside

    SunnyInside

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    Hi All

    On my not good days, when I am laying in bed unable to do anything, I always think of you who are much worse than myself, and wonder how on earth you cope. Especially with communication. This led me to thinking if I knew some sign language, it may make my life a little easier and a weeny bit less stressful. And therefore I think I would feel a little more confident, knowing I have done what I can to prepare myself for such times, if they should ever arise.

    Do any of you use any types of signing, intermittently, as your health changes?

    I would love to start a thread here, which would be able to help a lot of others, with ideas, signs etc. But, as I know very little, am asking you all to put your suggestions forward.

    Cheers all, wishing you well. x
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  2. Sushi

    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    I have a friend who had a guide dog that she trained in sign language. It was amazing to see her signing to her dog and the dog following instructions! :)

    Sushi
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    GracieJ Senior Member

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    I like this site: http://lifeprint.com/asl101/pages-layout/concepts.htm

    My knowledge of American Sign Language has been limited to baby signing, which does not always apply when talking with adults. I would hope we DO NOT need the sign for diaper change, EVER, thank you very much!

    The above link gives a lot of basics with a nice clear drawing and a video for each sign.

    Don't forget while learning the signs that whoever you will be "talking" with needs to learn them as well.

    Signing has been a way of life with my small grandchildren, who are not hearing impaired, btw. It is priceless to be able to understand a baby as young as 4-5 months old when they are in need, and be understood quickly in return. Babies are amazingly patient when the full communication circle happens. My favorite story is of one granddaughter, 9 months old at the time. She would NOT go to sleep. Finally, I asked her (exasperated) what was wrong. She signed "hungry." Out to the kitchen for a snack and problem solved!

    I also find I use it with deaf clients when they come in.

    It is also handy when trying to communicate across a room full of noisy people!
  4. ggingues

    ggingues $10 gift code at iHerb GAS343 of $40

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    Nice, I remember my sister doing that with her kids, it's pretty cool, like you say, breaks down some barriers!

    GG
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  5. SunnyInside

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    Sushi, now that is dedication :), must have been wonderful to experience. Tell your friend from me, she is a very special person.

    Gracie, thanks for the link, its somewhere to get started, and a lot to take in, so will look at it little and often, rather than blow my mind.

    GG, there is so much I have learned since having my children, I wish I had been aware of signing as they grew up, one of my daughters uses it at school where she works, but she doesnt need it very much. Useful tool though.

    When I had my darkest moments and was unable to speak, I used to worry that i would be like it forever, and this is what got me into thinking about signing. Even if it is baby signing, any form of communication would be good.

    (Notice i wrote 'had my darkest moments', rather than 'have'. This feels somehow strange, as if I wont go back there again. I hope not. But, if I do, I will learn from it.)

    Sunny Inside
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    WillowJ Senior Member

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    Gracie's link was to American Sign Language, which is related to French Sign Language (the American Deaf community learned sign language from Laurent Clerc, who was French).

    The UK uses British Sign Language (Australian Sign Language is related to that, as would be expected). BSL might be more useful than ASL to you, SunnyInside , as more people in your area may use that language.
  7. SunnyInside

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    Thanks Willow, much appreciated. :)
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    taniaaust1 Senior Member

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    I suggest use signs that anyone would understand.. just watch little kids and how they sign.
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