The most appropriate sign for today’s Makaton Monday has to be ‘Jump’. The reason, this weekend we bought a Trampoline for the boys 😀
It’s a sign Bruiser has used many times before when on our friends and relatives trampolines, or attempting in his own little way to jump off the sofa or the stairs. We even use it when signing the nursery rhymes, ‘three little monkeys by ‘Singing Hands‘ is a good example!
I’ve previously mentioned that Bruiser has a lot of sensory issues and been on a trampoline gives Bruiser that sensory stimulation that he craves. He loves trying to jump on them. (when I say he tries to jump what I mean is, Bruiser struggles with some of his basic motor skills, jumping is one of them). But more often than not, he simply sits on them while other children jump as if he enjoys just the movement alone. Even going on one in the middle of a meltdown calms him down. Bruiser doesnt smile a great deal either but when he’s on a trampoline, he beams from ear to ear 🙂
I think our investment is going to be one that will be worth its weight in gold!
Bruiser signing ‘dup’ (Jump)
(trying to get Bruiser to stay still when signing ‘jump’ has proved near on impossible as he always jumps when he signs it, so I took to getting him to do it when fastened down or occupied with the tv :))
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