Saturday, February 17, 2007
Noah is a Signing Time addict. We originally got the movies to teach us sign language at the recommendation of our first speech therapist. Noah is not currently learning sign (we're going the AV route since he's getting an implant), but we would like to teach him eventually. We started watching the videos when he was too young to care about the TV (and too deaf-blind to notice it). But then he got older... and got hearing aids... and his vision improved. Somewhere along the line he got hooked. Now he will watch Signing Time at any opportunity and if Mommy says no TV (which is typical) he will happily stare at the DVD box and have long conversations with Rachel and Alex and Leah. I was convinced for the longest time that "Rachel Coleman" would be his first word. He will blow her kisses when she's on the TV or kiss her picture on the DVD box and if we say "Do you love Rachel Coleman?" he chortles and gives a big smile (Yes, Rachel Coleman is one of the 15 words that he understands... go figure). Signing Time Live came to Richmond in the fall and we really wanted to take him, but it was the week after we were told to go back on lockdown so we had to skip it. I have friends whose babies are addicted to The Wiggles or The Doodlebops, so overall I'm thankful for this Rachel Coleman addiction. But it does cause us some problems. Our AV therapist would have a fit if she knew the regularity that Noah is exposed to sign language. Our audiologist said that we should bring Noah's favorite movie to his first implant mapping (March 14). Is it a sin to bring a sign language video to a cochlear implant mapping? It is his favorite, after all. Oh well. We love you, Rachel Coleman!