Training for everyone

Unlike British Sign Language training or that provided by some other organisations, Signalong training focuses on developing communication skills rather than teaching blocks of signs, many of which will be quickly forgotten through lack of use. 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. Training programmes are thus able to stress aspects of the application of sign-supported communication. These include: aspects of total communication, such as facial expression, body language and voice tone; plus simplification of language and keyword selection; reading signs performed by others.

The Signalong Group is a member of the Laser Learning Awards (LLA) providing training programmes which are externally moderated and carry transferable credits.

Training Courses in Sign-supported Communication

Workshops: This training can be tailored to the needs of any organisation and is useful to introduce communication skills to new staff and family members. The emphasis is on the practical application of signing. Introductory courses can be full or ½-day in duration.

½ Day Workshop: They are frequently topic based, depending on the needs of the group. We cover a brief history, philosophy and methodology of Signalong before teaching approximately 50 key words, but you will learn the necessary skills to read and produce any sign in our range of over 70 manuals. We will also provide activities to put the vocabulary into context i.e. sentence practice, plays etc.

8 Hour Introductory:  This course goes a little deeper and includes generalisation, symbolic understanding and key word activities.

Foundation: The Foundation Course develops skills to a level where practitioners can apply signing in their own environment and includes some elements of communication theory. It is a 15-hour course normally delivered over an extended period, and is the basic building block of Signalong training.This is our most popular course and is, usually delivered over a 10 week period. It covers the whole of the vocabulary in the chosen Signalong manual (frequently Phase 1 approx. 360 words).

LLA Elementary Signing Skills:Beginners 1Beginners 2Peer Learning

10-hour courses for service users carrying a nationally-recognised certificate of achievement in communication (1 credit at Pre-entry and Entry levels). The Peer Learning course is for people with additional learning needs who would like to teach their peers to sign.

LLA Introductory Level 1: A 10-hour introductory qualification for staff providing a grounding in the skills needed for sign-supported communication (1 credit at Level 1).

LLA Intermediate (Level 2 Upgrade): A 20-hour course for holders of the level 1 certificate to gain the level 2 qualification.LLA Intermediate (Level 2): This 30-hour course (24 hours taught, 6 private study) develops the themes of the Foundation course and carries 3 credits at LLA level 2.

Tutor Training Programme:  Signalong training is delivered by Registered or Registered Foundation Tutors. The Tutor Training Course is a comprehensive 4/5 day programme for people who have experience of signing in the context of learning difficulties, autism or the particular field in which they need to use augmentative communication. During the course Signalong methodology is explored, elements of language development are discussed and participants have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of teaching techniques and theory by preparing and delivering several presentations. Trainees are given constant feedback and are actively encouraged to question all aspects of the course content. Trainees are continually assessed over 4/5 consecutive days and are required to complete a Training Manual and participate in an individual discussion. Tutors will be awarded either Registered or Registered Foundation status.

TUTOR LIST

Don't worry if you don't find someone local to you - most of our Tutors are happy for enquiries to be passed on through the Signalong Centre. Contact admin@signalong.org.uk to ask for help.

For further information about Signalong Training or to discuss particular training needs please call on 01634 727087.

View details of Tutors in your area

TUTOR TRAINING PROGRAMME

The charity provides regular development and refresher seminars to keep Tutors' skills fresh and to maintain quality control. Tutor Training Courses are held at the Signalong Centre in Kent and in other locations several times each year.

Registered & Registered Foundation Tutors

Please ensure your training is delivered by one of our Registered Tutors on the list below. If you are Tutor and are not on the list, please contact the office.

Ayo Akinnola

Pete Dyer-Davies

Julie Lack

Beverley Rudkin

Cathie Adam

Emma Dyson

Lindsay Lambert

Lily Russell

Karen Allan

Siobhan Edginton

Jennifer Law

Helen Rutherford

Tina Allen

Andrew Edwards

Joanne Ledgway

Sally Samaroo

Cathy Andrews

Linda Edwards

Caroline Lee

Kim Louise Sankey

Thomas Arger

Denise Edwards

Donna Leitch

Amanda Sargent

Ann Armstrong- Marshall

Non Elias

Alison Lemmey

Rebecca Sarker

Maryam Asghar

Mary Elton

Lorraine Lewin

Alison Saville

Sarah Ashford

Gill  Emerson

Iwona Litwiniec

Silvia Mihaela Scarlat

Katherine Baines

Karen Essam

Beth Loveday

Catriona Scott

Ellen Baird

Clare Eubank

Fiona Lowsley

Jo Scruton

Sally Bannocks

Amanda Evans

Andrew Maher

Emma Shaw

Zoe Barrett

Jennifer Evans

Jennie Markham

Kieron Sheehy

Eve Barrett

Kay Evans

Karen Marshall

Sharon Shields

Iris Barrett

Hannah Facey

Ursula Martinez-Sinistera

Angela Sidaway

June Battye

Liz Farooq

Zöe McArthur

Kirsty Simmonds

Julie Baxter

Cara Few

Enid McCracken

Amanda Sinclair

Liz Beattie

Sophie Fletcher

Beverley McCue

Charlotte Sireshuk

Susie Beaumont

Erica Ford

Paige McDonnell

Jaci Smith

Sara Beckett

Deborah Foster

Laura McGoldrick

Sue Smith

Nicky Beddows

Susie Fox

Claire McIlroy

Tracii Smith

Karen  Beecham

Zoe Fox

Kirsty  McLaughlan

Suzanne Smith-Main

Gwen  Bell

Andrea Friend

Charlotte McLaughlin

Sarah Smithson

Marie Bennington

June Gardner

Louise McMillan

Tracy Snellgrove

Sandra Bessant

Sian Garwood

Ann Miles

Shirley soloman

Fiona Black

Reshma George

Sadaf Mirza

Natalie Spiller

Louise Blackley

Nazya Ghalib

Jayshri Mistry

Sarah Spiro

Anthea Blake

Collette Gibbons

Julie Montagner

Iona Stephens

Michael Bond

Shirley Gilpin

Martina Montague

Kristianne Stewart

Jamie Bonewell

Sally Goadby

Soraya Monzon

Aly Stimson

Gemma Bradshaw

Tracy Goode

Jackie Moore

Victoria Stoker

Karen Brereton

Samantha Goodwin

Reece Morgan

Claire Stoodley

Pat Broughton

Michelle Gorrod

Stephanie Morris

Sue Stridgen

Cheryl Brown

Pam Gough

Michelle Morrissey

Michelle (Midge) Sturman

Claire Brown

Vicky Gould

Carla Mottram

Linda Styles

Susan Brown

Louise Graham

Carly Mullen

Anne Sugden

Suzanne Michelle Brown

Tracey Grant

Hilary Munro

Louise Tabone

Suzanne Brown

Julie  Gray

Susie Murphy

Leona Talsma

Marion Bruce

Mandy Green

Melanie Napper

Philippa (Pippa) Tarran

Jo Bryson

Tracy Greenwood

Pauline Ndigirwa

Jonathan Tate

Julia Bull

Erica Grima

Lucy Newman

Alicia Taylor

Beca Burdett

Jill Grimley

Lilias Nicholls

Sarah Taylor

Fiona Buttle

Jill Guest

Caroline Nicolson

Tracy Taylor

Jade Cameron

Cathy Hagan

Mandy Njie

Charmaine Tearle

Alison Campbell

Linda Hall

Decima O'Connell

Nicola Teoh

Danielle Campbell

Julia Hanks

Jane Olivey

Gwyneth Terrell

Sabrina Campbell

Jennifer Hannam

Jude Oularé

Claire Theobald

Brenda Campbell

Agnete Klejs Hansen

Ilda Ourique

Claire Thomas

Brenda Campbell-Smith

Amina Haque

Teresa Owen

Hannah Thompson

Emma Cane

Sarah Hargreaves

Diane Owens

Neil Thompson

Lucy Capon

Jacqueline Harries

Abby Oyenekan

Margaret Thomson

Gemma Capps

Carmel Harris

Dawn Palmer

Beverley  Thorne

Jenny Carter

Sian Harvey

Mary Palmer

Cinn Teng To

Louisa Carter

Stephanie Hathaway

Kelly Parkinson

Louise Toombs

Lindy Cartwright

Cath Hayes

Nafisha Patel

Gerlind Tredinnick

Ruth Chandler

Dawn Hayles

James Patrick

Anna Trim

Jane Chesson

Alastair Henderson

Ann Payne

Kate Trow

Sarah Clark

Heather Henderson

Sally Peacock

Alison Tyrer

Tracy Clark

Julia Hill

Sara Peaford Smith

Terri Unsworth

Katherine Cobham

Merle Hillhouse

Vicki Pearson

Angela Upjohn

Lucy Cochrane

Meriah Hobbs

Lucy Peat

Martin  Upton

Anne Cockburn

Melanie Hofton

Keith Perkins

Janja Vodusek

Samantha Coleman - Celis

Catherine Holyland

Matthew Perryman

James Wade

Lee Collier

Rhoda Honeyman

Fiona Petrie

Melanie Waite

Margaret Collingwood

Jenny Horn

Carly Philpot

Maxine Waith

Peggy Collins

Sophie Howard

Bethany Pickard

Julie Walsh

Emma Collins

Mary Howden

Suzanne Pickstone

Janine Walters

Ellie Collins

Heather Hurt

Mandy Popham

Joyce Warburton

Eileen Colman

Jessica Idun

Kelly Powell

Naomi  Webber

Wendy Cook

Jen Inglis

Katie Price

Lisa Welch

Elaine Cooper

Amalia-Nicoleta Ioneseu

Margaret Purcell

Annie Welsh

Deborah Corcoran-Poole

Jo Jackson

Kelly Quinn

Jamie Weston

April Cowan

Elaine  Jamieson

Sandra Quinn

Janice Whitaker

Julie  Crook

Angela Jenkinson

Claire Rainer

Ann Whitehead

Sue D'Alberti

Sarah Joslin

Alison Rake

Rachel Whitmarsh

Delyth Dando

Steve Judd

Samantha Randall

Monika Wieczorek

Janine Darling

Ieva Jupe

Carol Randall

Sarah Wilkins

Elizabeth Davies

Alison Kargbo

Tina Rawlinson

Emma Wilkinson

Rebecca Davies

Jane Keese

Suzanne Reade

David Willets

Rhian Davies

Janice Kelly

Jan Reeves

Alison Williams

Frances Davies

Rosie Kelly

Jazmin Reynolds

Dani Winteringham

Vikki Denobrega

Rhian Kemp

Shelley Ribbon

Sam  Wiseman

Rosie Dickens

Catharine Kendall

Debbie Robinson

Elisa Witts

Alison Dixon

Teresa Kennedy

Helen Roper

Heather Woods

Kelly Down

Karen Kerr

Heather Rose

Lauren Woolley

Libby Downie

Jo King

Isla Ross

Charlotte Wootton

Jacqueline Drew

Rachel Klein

Barbara Rossington

Cathy Workman

Nikki Duhig

Hannah Knopp

Fay Rowland