Today’s guest author is Pamela, aka Grammy Pammy, whose motto is Make your influence felt in a positive way. She writes:
Our two oldest grandsons were diagnosed with autism when they were very young. Aunts, uncles and grandparents rallied to support by learning enough American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with the one diagnosed as non-verbal. Years later, he speaks as well as anyone—when he has something to say.
With ASL still fresh in my mind, I was asked to help with the nursery in our ward. I wondered if their fidgety little hands would better focus on singing if they were signing some of the words as we sang. I taught the nursery children a few signs to use during Singing Time. Eureka! They became more focused on singing. Doing signs helped them remember the words to the songs and helped them keep their hands to themselves.
One of the nursery teachers had an older son who needed to do a service project. She and her family went to a local nursing home and entertained the residents, many of whom were hard of hearing. Doing the signs helped the elderly folks connect to the music and feel the joy of being engaged. It was a wonderful event for the singers and listeners alike.
For related posts, see “Why Sign Language?”