|Hard at work!|
The other videos we have been watching tonight have been nothing short of inspirational. Children and adults with Down Syndrome speaking about the things they enjoy doing, jobs they have and what they would like to do with their future. There was a little girl in her ballet tutu, and a little boy playing guitar. There were teenagers who liked to dance, and one who can sign so well (as well as speak), that she is an interpreter for the hearing impaired. They talked about their dream jobs, and about learning to drive a car. It was a reminder, once again, that people with Down Syndrome are just like us!
|It's all about the expression!|
I never get bored of watching Felix learn to do things for the first time. Sometimes the things I notice are so small, but I can't help but be excited about them. He has been able to tell us that he wants a drink for a long time now by pointing to his cup and grunting. Today, he also used the sign 'drink' when he pointed to the cup and grunted. Every time he adds a sign to his vocabulary it becomes easier and easier to understand what he is asking us. Just over the past week, he has learnt the word 'cricket' (as in the bug, not the game), spider, and crocodile. In the books I've read about sign language, they stress that exaggerated facial expressions are also a really important part of signing. Felix obviously read the same book, because his facial expressions are priceless!! He looks so enthusiastic when he's talking about things he likes. He 'says' helicopter' and 'Police car' with huge eyes and a massive grin. I could watch him all day.
|Seriously Mum, put the camera away!|