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Why Sign?

What is Signalong?

· It encourages Total Communication. This means using a combination of speech, facial expression, body language, tone of voice and sign to communicate our message.

· It is based on BSL (British Sign Language) but only key words are signed. Key words are the important words that you want to emphasise in a sentence / phrase, for example: the dog is eating the biscuit.

· It is sign supported communication. You always sign AND say the word. This means that it will encourage language development, not hinder it, in any way.

· It’s similar to Makaton and Mr Tumble’s signs, but in Swindon we chose to use one system across all settings …that choice was Signalong.

· Signs are introduced in everyday, real-life situations using objects or pictures. For example, every time you give your child a cup, you would say the word “cup”, and use the sign alongside this.

For more information, please follow the link to view a Why Sign Guide for Parents and Carers from the Speech and Language Team at Swindon Borough Council:

Why Sign Guide for Parents and Carers

More Information

Please take a look at the Signalong Group Website by following the link to where you can find more information to help you communicate with your child.

If you would like to discuss your child's progress or have any particular concerns regarding Speech and Language or Signalong please contact the Speech and Language Therapy Office on 01793 466790 or contact Jane Carroll or Andrea Friend via the Multi Agency Unit based at Brimble Hill School on 01793 493906.