has anyone experienced this? How did you overcome it?
DS has been learning signing with hand over hand prompts from behind. However, he has mastered the sign for food, but instead of doing it, he is looking for someone to help him do the sign rather than doing it himself. There's usually two of us, one with the food, infront of him and one behind doing the prompt. He looks or grabs the person behind to help him sign.
Well, you could merely touch his hands next few times. Then fade it to a gesture towards his hands. Meanwhile get the neticer to really bring the food nearer him so then his urge to ask for it and ghet it will be stronger than his urge to have the prompt.
have a plate of whatever he lurves - choc buttons/ raisins/ grapes? on a surface in between you - and then you make the sign, then eat one. gesture for his turn and feed him/ let him take one if he makes the sign.
it's a bit pavlovian, but it might give him the confidence to have a go?
we were quite, um, robust, when it came to encouraging dd2 to communicate...
moondog, just wanted to say you were right! We strews fading the prompts and the dependency has reduced, now signing for biscuit, raisin, book and ball. Plus madwoman, taking it turns seems to have worked too! Thanks