Home. A place that Bruiser loves to be. As much as enjoys going out and about, its at home that he feels the safest, most comfortable and appears to be happiest. Its a place for him where the routines are rigid. Familiar surroundings, toys in abundance and Mr Tumble on demand!
This is a sign we taught Bruiser very early on. We couldn’t find the sign for ‘home’ when we wanted to introduce it, but we were advised by his speech therapist what the sign was for ‘house’ and that it could be used in the same context. It didn’t take Bruiser long to start using it and it want long before he associated a sound to go with it ‘nom’. This is a sign that Bruiser will now throw into a sentence. eg. When I collect him from nursery, he will sign to me ‘coat, walk, home, play, toys’ which means, he wants to get his coat and walk home to play with his toys. Occasionally he will throw in ‘shops and sweets’ meaning he wants to go to the shops for some sweets before he goes home to play! 🙂
It’s also a sign that will stop a meltdown from happening. If he’s getting fraught or anxious, we sign and tell him that its time to go home and he settles almost instantly and is happy once again!
Sign/Symbol used with the kind permission of the © The Makaton Charity 2012
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