When Luke was younger we tried really hard to teach him some baby signs, always signing whilst giving his milk etc.. but now he is 17 months we are coming up against a few problems. We understand him great and he knows what we are saying. He signs for milk or when he wants something and the problem I am having is with his speech. He has no words yet and I really want to get him asking for his milk or saying thank you but he flat refuses and just signs.
I can’t really NOT give him his milk because he wont vocalise his want as he signs it fine and that’s what we taught him from the start and that would be confusing, however it would be really nice if he tried to ask vocally.
I know he is young and will speak when he wants too but I have the fear that as he signs and knows we understand it that he won’t attempt to talk as he doesn’t *need* too.
Has anyone experienced this or come up against the same hurdles? how did you handle it?