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British Sign Language

  • Deaf Awareness
  • Intensive Workplace British Sign Language
  • Makaton
  • Baby Signing

Equality & Diversity

  • Disability Awareness
  • Equality & Diversity

Learning Disabilities

  • Aspergers Syndrome, Dyslexia, Autism & Downs Sydrome

Mental Health

  • Mental Health First Aid

Visual Awareness

  • Visual Impairment Awareness


Deaf Awareness

There are over 9 million people registered as hearing-impaired in the UK today.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the barriers that deaf and hard of hearing people face
  • List the ways in which deaf and hard of hearing people communicate
  • Understand and demonstrate how to implement positive methods of communication, and offer an equal service to deaf and hard of hearing people.
  • Recognise basic everyday signs (Good morning/afternoon, do you need any help? what is your name? please, thank you, let me help you)
  • Apply the finger-spelling alphabet
  • Explore deaf community & culture

Deafblind Awareness

Signs4Life is an approved centre with the awarding body Signature for the Level 1 Award in Deaf Awareness and Communication.

Course Objectives

  • Types of deafness and deafblind
  • Deaf and deaf blind peoples preferred communication methods
  • Acceptable Terminology
  • Society's Attitudes towards deafness
  • How to avoid difficulties that affect deaf and deaf blind peoples access to services
  • Technical Aids
  • National organisations working with deaf and deafblind people
  • Interactive session with quizzes, role-plays and group discussions

British Sign Language

This is a 10-week accredited course to aid communication which can also be tailored to your organizations needs.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the barriers that deaf and hard of hearing people face
  • Understand and demonstrate how to implement positive methods of communication, and offer an equal service to deaf and hard of hearing people.
  • Sign Language – meeting people using numbers, weather, transport, directions
  • Vocabulary based around the type of work that you do – emergency staff, retail, leisure care & housing

Makaton

Makaton is a language programme designed to provide a means of communication to individuals who cannot communicate efficiently by speaking. The name is a blend of the names of the three people who devised it: speech therapist Margaret Walker, and two psychiatric hospital visitors from the Royal Association for Deaf people named Katharine Johnston and Tony Cornforth. All tutors are registered and trained with The Makaton Charity.

Course Objectives

  • What is Makaton
  • Understanding of early communication skills
  • Use and purpose of Makaton
  • Makaton Signs & Symbols
  • How to Apply Makaton
  • Alternative forms of communication
  • Group Practice

Baby Signing

Welcome to the wonderful world of signing with babies. It's never too early to begin signing with your baby. The gift of signing helps your baby to communicate well before he or she has the verbal abilities to do so. This can make a years worth of difference, or maybe even more in your child's development and give you a head start in understanding your baby's wants, needs and interests. Signing bridges the 'I know what I want but can't say it yet' gap.

Signing is one of the most interesting, fun and useful things you can do as a parent. It encourages early communication, vocabulary, speech, trust and interaction. Signing has many benefits. For example your child can not only tell you whether they are hungry, cold or suffering from an ear-ache, but also when they see a bird in a tree or need help with getting their favourite toy from a shelf. Toddlers feel they can come to you with their ideas, needs and wants and be understood.

Do not worry if you have never signed before, this will be the same for many others in the class and the signs are introduced step by step through music and play. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

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