Total Communication

Signs and Signing

Signing aids understanding and communication. Gesture is a natural stage of development and using signs extends this. It is useful for children whose speech and language development is delayed, as it acts as a bridge between their cognitive and language development.

British Sign Language (BSL) is the recognised language of the deaf, with its own grammar and word order.

Our use of signs is to support language and speech development when communicating with young people who have communication difficulties associated with other disabilities. All our signs are taken from BSL, but we always speak and sign together, in Spoken English word order.

Signing is used to support, not replace speech.

Appropriate facial expression and body language are essential to aid communication effectively. Signing can reduce tension and ease frustration. Signing can take place anywhere as no special resources or equipment are needed, just your hands!

You can find out more and see some demonstrations here.

Finger Spelling

Do you want to know the finger spellings for the alphabet?

The Royal Association for Deaf People have kindly allowed us to publish their chart.


Alternative sites that demonstrate signing are:

Inclusive Communication Essex
Singing Hands
Baby Sign Language