Makaton Monday ~ Why

Why?

Why?

Why Mumee?

Why?

This is a sign I hesitated to teach Bruiser. I’m sure every parent would agree that when their child starts to say ‘why’ your heart sinks…. The endless repetition of the word and reasons and reasons for reasons. But no, I decided I use it with him. Whilst we have been using the sign for a few months now, when talking to him, Bruiser has only been using the sign about a week. About two weeks ago completely out of the blue, Bruiser asked ‘why’ when I was telling him to do something. It was very quickly followed by why again and again and again to every answer I could come up with and then it was followed by a little giggle like he knew what he was doing to my sanity.

I do actually like the fact that he is now questioning the way of the world and us. He’s showing that he is capable of reciprocal language use and its giving us the opportunity to talk more with him which is so lovely. Up till now he’s never really wanted to just ‘chat’.

I have to say that he’s keeping us all on our toes including brother Wriggler who is also running out of answers himself.

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WHY

WHY

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Bruiser signing and saying ‘Why’

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Sign/Symbol used with the kind permission of the © The Makaton Charity 2012

For any help or advice in respect of Makaton, please contact the Makaton Charity directly.

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MAKATON MONDAY

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