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Key Word Signing  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

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Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info; Post School Education info; Adult info

Key word signing is used with people with communication and/or learning difficulties. Key word signing is always done whilst speaking, and you use it to sign the most important words that you are saying at an appropriate level for the person you are signing with.

Key word signing is designed to assist understanding - as it highlights the most important bits of what you are saying to focus on and makes those words more visible. For people with unclear speech it can help them to more easily get their mesage across.

Using key word signing with children whose language development is progressing slowly can assist them in developing spoken language.

In the UK, the two most common key word signing systems use signs which have been derived from British Sign Language (BSL), however, unlike BSL, they are not languages and should only be used whilst speaking.


Makaton (UK)

Signalong (UK)

Dictionary of key word signs used in the UK

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