The toddler Juli continued her effort to jump. So cute when she tried to jump without going up as if the gravity pulled her tightly. Ran fast enough that I had to run too when chasing her.
In the beginning, she understood a question -- e.g. "Where is the [noun]?" -- by pointing to an image or object. Before the emergence of finger pointing, she showed her understanding by gazing at something.Next Juli understood my requests and performed them well. These days I kind of could make any reasonable request and Juli fulfilled it.
For examples, the other day Juli wanted to go outside. I found only one shoe of mine and asked her, "Where is my other shoe?" She toddled quickly toward the spot where I found it. She responded to other requests such as "Please give it to Dad." "Throw it into the garbage."
This week I asked some simple wh-questions and she answered. At one point, I asked "Where is Dad?" Juli answered work. (See video)
One bedtime reading, Juli sat on my legs facing me on the floor. She opened the page where a cat was hiding behind the greenery. I asked "Who is hiding?" She answered cat.
Then Juli turned the next page where a dog was hiding behind the barrel or some sort. I asked "Who is hiding?" She answered dog (patting on her leg) and then produced #DOG.
Interesting, she was ready to try the next level of challenge by uttering the regular ASL word for "dog" which is an ASL fingerspelled loan.
The ASL word #DOG is not fingerspelled letter by letter. It's a lexicalized sign that Ameslan perceives this sign by its movement and shape. Juli has demonstrated her perceptual skills by producing a similar pattern of the movement and shape of #DOG.
The following referential words that Juli has used this week: another++, candy (jelly beans in the picturebook), jump++, ant, bug/insect, light, skating, some more shown in the video above, and some reguarly used ASL words.
Saturday, Juli and I took for a walk outside. She excitedly pointed at the red robins in the distance. She uttered bird flapping.
Sunday, Juli laid in my arms at a bedtime in her dark bedroom. Suddenly, she got up and asked for, if not commanded, grapes to-eat. I replied in ASL, (translated as) "No, it's bedtime now." Shortly then, she uttered more milk.
Tuesday, riding in the stroller at a shopping mall, she asked for more cookie. Later, an older toddler or preschooler passed by. Juli tried to make friend with her, but the other girl waved bye-bye. Back home, Juli recalled and told a story friend bye-bye (see video).
Wednesday, bath done (see video) referring to the picture in a book.