Signalong Foundation Course (2021).
Over the last 25 years, Signalong The Communication Charity has published the widest range of signs in Britain. Each sign is drawn and described using a consistent method that enables people to look-up and perform new signs independently, without expert support. Signalong is key-word signing using the signs from British Sign Language (BSL). The signs are used in spoken word order (while speaking) and only the most important words (which express the meaning) are signed.
Signalong enables communication for people of all ages who have Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) or learning disabilities. The charity is committed to empowering all people to understand and express their needs, choices and opinions by providing vocabulary for life and learning. Signalong courses are only delivered by Signalong Tutors, who are trained and registered by the charity, and who attend regular conferences to ensure their continuing professional development.
For more information about Signalong, please visit the Signalong website.
The Foundation Course is the most popular Signalong course. It provides participants with the knowledge and skills to use key-word signing, and with the tools to independently locate, learn and use any sign from the Signalong database. Over 300 signs are explicitly taught and practised, and the training focuses on building participants’ confidence to sign as they speak with the people they support. This course includes elements of communication theory, is certificated by Signalong The Communication Charity and is mapped against the Speech, Language and Communication Framework (Universal and Enhanced competencies). Full certification requires participants to attend every session and pass a short assessment.
This course is appropriate for:
- Teachers, tutors and staff teams from mainstream and special education organisations.
- NHS and private health care staff.
- Social workers.
- People who support individuals with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) or learning disabilities.
- People who wish to begin key-word signing, or to maintain and develop their existing skills.
Please click here for a list of the sign vocabulary that will be taught during this course (ALD Core Vocab manual).
Please click here to request a Foundation Course, short course or workshop focusing on different vocabulary.
Number of sessions:
Foundation Course face to face groups: 8 x 2hr sessions.
Foundation Course online groups: 15 x 1hr sessions via Zoom.
Would you prefer a workshop or short course? Bespoke options available to suit your needs and vocabulary requirements - get in touch here.
Face to face courses are held at Nine Springs Natural Health Centre in the centre of Yeovil (BA20 1UR). Please click here to view the map.
Online courses are delivered in person via Zoom. The sessions are interactive and participants will be using their hands; therefore, participants must have a freestanding device (eg PC) with internet connection, webcam and microphone to take part.
Upcoming face to face Foundation Courses:
- Tuesday evenings 7pm-9pm from 27th April to 22nd June (no sessions during the Somerset/Dorset school holiday: Tuesday 1st June).
How to reserve a place:
Maximum number of participants in face to face courses: 12 Until further notice, group sizes will be limited to allow social distancing.
Maximum number of participants in online courses: 6
Reserve a place or request additional information here.
Face to face Foundation Courses: £160 per person, including course manual, resources and certificate.
Online Foundation Courses: £120 per person, including resources and certificate. Please note: for online Foundation Courses, participants must also purchase the Adult Learning Disability Core Vocabulary manual (£22) directly from Signalong The Communication Charity (please click here for their shop).
Group bookings: please get in touch for a quote.
Your training will be delivered by Jennifer Law, Speech and Language Therapist (Signalong tutor number: 2014/01/20/165F).
Participants must attend every session and pass the assessment in order to receive full certification for the Foundation Course.
Online courses are delivered in person via Zoom. The sessions are interactive and participants will be using their hands; therefore, participants must have a freestanding device (eg PC) with internet connection, webcam and microphone to take part. Participants in online Foundation Courses must have purchased the Adult Learning Disability Core Vocabulary manual (£22) directly from Signalong The Communication Charity (please click here for their shop) prior to the start of the course.
If you are interested in bespoke courses for your group, clinic, education/care staff or for yourself, please contact me here.
Speech, Language and Communication Framework (SLCF) website.
Nine Springs Natural Health Centre website.