I am a student Speech and Language Therapist in my final year of training at the University College Plymouth St. Mark and St. John, and would like to do my final year project (similar to a dissertation) on signing to children with Down’s Syndrome in the early years, 0-5 years. The brief is to produce a training package which would be of benefit to early years settings, our clients and their families. I am currently leaning towards providing a training package that will assist mainstream early years settings in understanding the benefits of signing to children with Down’s Syndrome with an emphasis on how to implement signing into their daily routine. I would be grateful to hear from anybody who has any experience of implementing signing in an early years setting either mainstream or specialist. I would also welcome comments either positive or negative from family members concerning their opinion on the signing input/or lack of, that their child has received. I have access to a lot of scientific papers and books concerning the benefits of signing but not to human experiences which I feel should also be given consideration. Thank you for your time, I look forward to reading your replies. Sophie Putt Speech and Language Therapy student firstname.lastname@example.org
Post by Maxine Waith on Oct 10, 2008 14:23:39 GMT -5
Hi I have a 4 1/2 year old son with DS. I am also a Signalong tutor presently teaching nursery nurses how to use signalong and incorporate it in to their early years setting. You can contact me on email@example.com if you want to chat in length lol. Maxine
Hi, I have a 5 year old little girl with Down Syndrome. We have been using Signalong since she was 2 at home and in her assessment/school environment.
We have found it invaluable, it has really built up her confidence and she speaks beautifully now. She attends a special needs school Monday to Wednesday and the village school Thursday and Friday. The special needs school are really helping the village school in her education as they had not had a statemented child before. The village school are keen but are not too good at finding the time to train the staff, the TA's have just started on the Signalong course and she has been at the school for nearly a year and a half! I hope this has helped. Delia
Hello. I am a hearing BSL signer working as a TA in mainstream schools with profoundly deaf children. I have a 17 year old son with Down's Syndrome - I have signed to him since he was a baby,initially just vocabulary e.g. drink, thank you, colours, numbers, abc...,initials for names of people he knows, etc. Youngsters with DS learn much more easily if they have visual reinforcement of the spoken word.My son continues to learn vocabulary signs e.g. for vegetables, foods, 'school' subjects, and it is an invaluable skill, both receptive and productive. His speech is not clear, and it eases his frustration if he can sign what he means. He will never be a fluent BSL signer any more than he will be a fluent speaker, but knowledge of sign has enriched his life. He is now attending his fourth school: at nursery from the age of 31/2 there were no signers, at primary school (m'stream) his TA could and did sign with him, and at the two special schools he has attended since, staff ( not all, but some) could sign with him. We continue to use sign at home, along with speech.
Hi, I am based in Plymouth and have recently set up a family support group that meets once a month at Dame Hannah Rogers in Ivybridge (not far from Marjons) a lot of the youngsters that attend have Down's syndrome if you wanna talk about it or come along contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org Sharon :-)
I am in Portland, Dorset. Alfie is 4 yrs with DS. After a skeptical start, I began to learn signing when he was 4 months old. I loved it so much that I learnt all I could. He is a fantastic signer, and his speech is very advanced for his age. I started to run a small signing group almost 2 years ago, and I now run 4 sessions in the Dorchester, Weymouth & Portland areas. It is a great skill to have, and opens doors which lead to great things. Feel free to ask any questions. Regards.