What’s the difference between BSL and Makaton?

What’s the difference between BSL and Makaton?kids_signing

Makaton is designed to be used to support spoken language, for people with learning or communication difficulties. Makaton is often used alongside speech to help aid children and adults with communication. It is common for people to eventually stop using signs as their speech develops.

British Sign Language (BSL) is a language with its own structure and grammar and uses hand signs, body language, facial expression and lip patterns. It is the language used by the deaf community in the UK and, as with any spoken language, is constantly evolving.

The signs used in Makaton are taken from Sign Language and, as Sign Language differs from country to country, so does Makaton. However, unlike Sign Language which has regional variations and dialects, the signs for Makaton will be the same throughout the country.

Norwich Lower School Sign a Song!

Norwich Lower School show off their signing skills by signing Price Tag by Jessie J!

School of Sign Language are Recruiting NOW!

The School of Sign is Recruiting NOW!

At the School of sign Language, we strongly believe that native Deaf BSL Tutors deliver our training! We are currently looking for BSL and Deaf Awareness Training Tutors. We are especially keen to have a bank of tutors that are able to deliver in the Midlands, London and Somerset area. If you are interested please e-mail your name, location and any details of previous BSL and/or Deaf Awareness Training courses you have delivered to; recruitment@schoolofsignlanguage.com

You may also be interested in becoming a reseller of our Primary Sign Interactive Online Learning Programme.

The School of Sign Language and Primary Sign vision is to inspire schools to embrace the opportunity to deliver a truly bilingual philosophy – treating the learning of British Sign Language (BSL) and English with equal importance.

Primary Sign is an interactive online learning programme specifically designed to introduce British Sign Language to Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils. It can be taught in a group or individually and incorporates National Curriculum literacy and numeracy subjects and helps improve ICT skills.  It has been designed to be delivered by a teacher without any knowledge of Deaf awareness/BSL. Schools could also run it as a lunch time or after school club, which the PTA could charge a small fee to raise money for the school or simply cover the costs.

We have also now made the package available to individuals, family’s and groups

Please take the time to see our amazing Primary Sign online programme in action. If you are interested in becoming a Primary Sign ‘Reseller’ please email; annette.butler@primarysign.com

or apply on our Facebook page

Specialist Support for Schools

Specialist Support for Schools

Specialist support for deaf children in schools and the people that work with them

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  • Specialist knowledge and experience to ensure children with hearing loss/deafness access all areas of the curriculum
  • Classroom practice and strategies
  • Providing BSL training to teachers and support staff
  • Individual-led action plan and support packages
  • Working together to provide appropriate signs to match language used in the classroom
  • British Sign Language support and guidance
  • Support the teachers and support staff to develop communication strategies to improve classroom practice
  • Ensuring the child has the acquired language to access all aspects of the curriculum
  • Weekly visits to schools to ensure continued support
  • Helpful classroom resources – to include peer participation and promote inclusion
  • Yearly subscription includes free online learning resource
  • In class support for child (CSW) level 3 sign language

 

For more information contact Annette Butler on 07866 513 274, or e-mail; annette.butler@primarysign.com

Signing Santa

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Santa visited Middlesbrough’s Cleveland Centre where he met a hearing impaired deaf girl Mali. To make sure he definitely knew what to bring her for Christmas, Santa used sign language to ask what she wanted.

Watch the video below to see Mali’s reaction.

Bonfire Night Safety

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Stay Safe on Bonfire Night

♦ Use gloves when you have sparklers

♦ Have a bucket of water or sand close by for sparklers

♦ Keep a safe distance from fires and fireworks

♦ Don’t keep fireworks near open flames

♦ Never return to a firework after it’s been lit, even if it doesn’t go off

♦ Never hold fireworks

                                         Pets and Bonfire Night

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♦ Make sure to keep your pets inside on Bonfire Night!

♦ Close the curtains, play music or turn on the TV to try to drown the noise.

♦ Walk your dog during the day

♦ Let your pet hide if they want to

♦ If your pet lives outside, cover their pen or cage

If you’re having a bonfire be sure to check the area for small animals before lighting it!

 

Stay safe this Halloween

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Halloween is fun but remember it’s important to stay safe.

If you are trick or treating:

  • Always go in a group or with an adult
  • Take a torch with you
  • If any sweets look like they have been opened or tampered with do not eat them
  • Don’t walk on roads, stay on the pavement
  • Stay close to your home and know the route you are walking
  • Make sure your costume is warm but also that you can see clearly in it and will not trip or fall over it.
  • Add reflective tape to your costume so that cars can see you at night more easily
  • Never go into a stranger’s house

 

Stay Safe This Halloween

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Halloween can be fun but it’s important to stay safe. Here are a few tips for trick or treaters!

  • Never go Trick or Treating alone
  • Plan your route before hand
  • Make sure you stay in clearly visible areas
  • Keep warm
  • Don’t go into anyone’s house you don’t know
  • Try using reflective tape or stickers. If you have them, use light sticks or torches
  • Be very careful when crossing the road
  • Check all sweets before they’re eaten

happy halloween

Tips for Deaf or hard of hearing bus users!

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Tips for Deaf or hard of hearing bus users!

Do you find it difficult to communicate with the bus driver? Does the communication take too long and hold the bus up, making you feel embarrassed or frustrated? Do you get confused, get lost or get off in the wrong places? Do you get to places late because of problems with the bus?

Here’s how to get around the problems!

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What’s the difference between Sign Language and Makaton?

What’s the difference between BSL and Makaton?kids_signing

Makaton is designed to be used to support spoken language, for people with learning or communication difficulties. Makaton is often used alongside speech to help aid children and adults with communication. It is common for people to eventually stop using signs as their speech develops.

British Sign Language (BSL) is a language with its own structure and grammar and uses hand signs, body language, facial expression and lip patterns. It is the language used by the deaf community in the UK and, as with any spoken language, is constantly evolving.

The signs used in Makaton are taken from Sign Language and, as Sign Language differs from country to country, so does Makaton. However, unlike Sign Language which has regional variations and dialects, the signs for Makaton will be the same throughout the country.