This weeks sign is a bit of a blast from the past for me. I saw Bruiser using it when interacting with his brother this weekend and it made me realise that he hardly used it anymore yet when we started using Makaton two years ago it was amongst his most used signs and one of the first that we ever showed him.
When we started using Makaton, we knew very little about it and only had a few signs for the very basic ones ie Mummy, Daddy, Chocolate, Car, basically the words that were important to Bruiser. While there was a sign for Mummy and Daddy we didn’t know how to sign people’s names so he could sign his brother’s name and interact with him. We took the decision to show this one to Bruiser to use when we was talking about his brother Wriggler.
Obviously as time went on we figured out (nobody told us) that to sign a name you finger spell the first letter of the first name. Correcting how Bruiser used the sign wasn’t too difficult as we had always said ‘Brother Wriggler’ as we signed. For a while he used both this sign and also the letter for his brother’s name, then sometimes on their own. Eventually Brother was dropped all together.
Its only occurred to me this weekend that he very rarely uses it anymore, if at all. Yet clearly he’s never forgotten it 🙂
Sign/Symbol used with the kind permission of the © The Makaton Charity 2012
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