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  •  This is how we faded it out.. (7+ / 0-)

    We went from both the verbal and the hand sign, to just the hand sign... to tapping my face discreetly to remind him, to him doing it on his own much of the time. But this was over 10-13 years. It wasn't a quick thing. We still use hand signs for some things.

    For example, he's still working on volume control when in a public place. So when he starts to get loud I'll slide my hand downward in a "volume slider bar" way to remind him to tone it down. Usually I try to do this without the other people around us seeing it (or at least the person he is talking to). He immediately lowers his volume to an appropriate level. When we started I had to use both a verbal and a sign prompt, but we're slowly working on fading this one out too, and at least I can make it discreet, which helps him fit in better with his peers.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 11:30:53 AM PDT

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