It’s a sign!

It’s a sign” is about the benefits of teaching children with delayed speech and language how to sign.  (This article refers to Makaton, which is known as Key Word Sign in Australia, and is based on signs from Auslan [Australian Sign Language]).  Like the author, we have found that by consistently modelling signs for our daughter, she is starting to use signs to communicate with us- and is starting to try to vocalise some words.  There are many different places to learn Key Word Sign- many Speech and Language Pathologists know some sign, Disability Services Queensland occasionally host workshops for their Early Intervention families, and Deaf Services Queensland run Introductory-level Auslan courses.

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