Originally Posted by cterry7799
Did anyone ever answer the real question as to how do you deal with your child ignoring your sign language when you are trying to sign to him? I am usually quite frustrated. I still refuse to use my voice but then I become like banging on things or stomping or tapping him repeatedly to make him look at me. I don't know why he is refusing or how can I communicate with him without my voice if he is refusing to acknowledge me? I guess I have also tried just walking away from him and I am the mommy so eventually he will need me and need to communicate with me? feels pretty harsh to do that though.
LOL, when I would be discipling my deaf son with sign, he would quite often, as a toddler and young child, simply close his eyes so he didn't have to see what I was saying to him! Very annoying and frustrating! Hearing kids do the same thing is different ways. They also can "tune out" what they don't want to hear. It just looks like they are listening, when actually, it is going in one ear and out the other without stopping in their little brains. Deaf kids just have more obvious ways of ignoring us. The same wouldhold true for a hearing kid ignoring the visual language of a deaf parent. It is a natural and normal thing for kids to tune out what they don't want to hear or see. Annoying for parents, to be sure, but very normal.