Getting started with Key Word Sign

The “little red book” is now available! For those of us who support people’s comprehension and expression through the use of Key Word Sign, this newly available resource, “Getting Started with Key Word Sign”, is a welcome addition to our toolkit.

It includes over 100 words, each with clear line drawings and written descriptions of how to produce the sign. The finger spelling alphabet is also available.

This essentially replaces the “blue book” or Makaton Vocabulary – Auslan Edition which is no longer available in Australia. Key Word Sign Australia still borrows the signs from the host country, or Auslan in Australia, and so for most of us, it really only means a name change. The way that we produce the signs and the principles we use, such as speaking whilst signing and only signing the key words, remain the same.

For more information on the update from Makaton to Key Word Sign Australia, see Barb’s blog on Key Word Sign Australia – the change from Makaton, or contact Key Word Sign Australia for more information about this and workshops that are available.

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About Katie Lyon

Katie is a speech pathologist and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) consultant who has been working with young children and adults with complex communication needs for the past 13 years. She has had worked in various roles including Coordinator of the Non-electronic Communication Aid Scheme and Regional Communication Service in Victoria as part of the state-wide Communication Access Network. She has a keen interest in supporting families, teachers, direct support workers and therapists to access information about AAC and assistive technology through education and training. She currently works part-time with Spectronics and part-time with the Communication Resource Centre at Scope in Victoria.

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