Biscuit is one of my personal favorite signs.
One of the things I like most about Makaton is that there are reasons signs are what they are, some have little stories behind them. In the very early days of learning Makaton this helped me remember the signs so much better.
Biscuit is one of those signs that has a little history lesson behind it. Hundreds of years ago, the carbohydrate ration of a sailor’s diet largely took the form of hard tack (ship’s biscuit). Hard tack was generally known as “bread” at sea. Ship’s biscuit was always made the same way by baking the dough twice, or even three or four times for long voyages. Sailors soon learned the best way to crunch the biscuits to eat them, was to break them open in the crook of your elbow.
Bruiser has know this sign for almost a year now and although he can interpret the sign perfectly when shown to him, he does struggle a little to do it himself. Thankfully we know what he is signing and so do the other people involved in his care. Although this last week, after making biscuits with Bruiser, we have practiced it lots and now it comes across almost perfectly! 🙂
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