Signalong for parents

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.

Charitable Activities

SIGNALONG is committed to empowering children and adults with impaired communication to understand and express their needs, choices and desires by providing vocabulary for life and learning.

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Training For Everyone

Training can be tailored to the needs of any organisation and is useful to introduce communication skills to new staff and family members.

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Our Tutors

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Resources

The precise Signalong method of presentation enables users to remind themselves of signs which have been forgotten and to learn new signs from the manuals.

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