It's not just about talking. It isn't easy to see and recognise what happens beneath the surface of children's communication.
Being able to listen, pay attention, play and understand are the fundamental building blocks of communication. Adults play a crucial role in supporting these skills. If a child can't listen and understand, they'll struggle to talk.
Signalong is based on British Sign Language, using unaltered BSL signs wherever possible. The difference between Signalong and other sign-supported communication systems, apart from our much wider range of signs, is the way that they are presented. When the sign has been selected, a description is worked out. This follows a consistent method of handshape, orientation, placement and movement.
Signalong is flexible and adaptable to suit your child by using key-word signing at their level and recording person specific signs in a way that they can be easily understood.
We can provide training to you, your child’s educational establishment, after school clubs and respite providers to ensure that your child can always communicate effectively.
Our daughter had been taught at a school with total communication for deaf and special needs children, it came as quite shock that her residential home didn't understand the importance of following this up. Now, (following Signalong training) staff at her home have said our daughter's behaviour has improved immensely. Without intervention, our daughter would still be locked in a world of silence and becoming more frustrated, with escalating behavioural problems.
Once again we are inviting applications for The 2017 Signalong Scholarship. To express an interest, please email email@example.com with a brief outline stating why they should receive the scholarship and the opportunities that the award would provide in becoming a Signalong.
Candidates may be required to attend an interview and give a short presentation on the use of sign-supported communication.Closing date is August 31st 2017. Please note only short listed applicants will be contacted.