I have a son with ASD aged 4 years. I have tried PECS with not much success. My son has shown an interest in signing after watching the BBC's childrens programme "Something Special" which uses signing, so I thought I'd give signing a go. Are the signs and symbols used in Signalong similar to the ones used by Makaton?
Post by mikekennard on Oct 22, 2007 7:16:00 GMT -5
Hi Dawn, it's Mike from Signalong. Welcome to the Forum.
The signs in Signalong and Makaton are nearly all taken from British Sign Language and are used in the same way - key words signed, following the normal pattern of speech. The big difference is in the number of signs available - we have published over 15,000 - and in how accessible they are.
Did you look at the article about signing in autism? It's linked to the "About Us" section of the website. A study of research into communication methods found that signing has the longest lasting beneficial effect (always assuming that the child relates to it, of course)
If you'd like to contact a parent of a child with ASD who has taken signing further contact Pam at Happy Hands in Worcester. She's a Signalong trainer now - email@example.com
i used to work in a school for children that have special needs. I did phase 1 and really enjoyed signing. I'm now hooked! I have a two year old little boy who I signed with from 6 months plus. He loves signing and it has really enhanced his language and communication. I now work in a baby room of a day nursery where i still sign. I am spreading the word about Signalong and hopefully the staff will be trained to use it too. They are really keen to learn it, especially as they can see the babies and toddlers are picking it up really quickly!
I have a question if any one can help? What is the sign for gold & silver?
Hi there- I am new here. My daughter is now 6 and has Down Syndrome. I managed to do a Signalong course (phase 1) when she was about 6 months old and have used it ever since. Although she is vocal (not great clarity though) and manages to get herself understood most of the time, her sign vocabualry is great and now her reading has picked up a gear I find we are learning new signs to help her read as well as communicate! ;D
Hi dingledel. I also have a son who is 6 and has Down Syndrome. Whereabouts are you? We have used Signalong with my son since he was a baby and like you found it has really helped. Often his understanding has gone beyond his speech (his understood speech) and this is where Signalong has been great. Only today he was trying to tell me something and I couldn't understand him and he was signing it to me. Unfortunately I still didn't get it, but we will! He is very vocal and we are told by others his speech is improving by the day ( I can understand him so it's good to hear others can to. ) But still we teach him new signs to back up his speech. Jo
Post by mikekennard on Nov 23, 2007 3:47:42 GMT -5
Hi folks, good to see new members. Sorry not to have responded before, I've been away at exhibitions and conferences.
Kirstie, the signs you requested are: gold: Fingerspell "G" then working hand springs up changing to open hand (palm back, pointing in/up) silver: Fingerspell "S" then working hand springs up changing to open hand (palm back, pointing in/up). These signs are in "Learning Through Exploring & Creating", which is great for art & craft & messing around with squidgy things.