Introduction to Signalong

The aims of this workshop are to understand the purpose and use of sign-supported communication, and how to use signing skills and signs to interact and communicate with others. This course teaches the basic building blocks for how to build signs, and core Signalong vocabulary 1A and 1B. Participants can expect to learn around 100

basic signs as well as how to build name signs. This course is introductory with no prior knowledge required. It is most suitable for those who wish to use Signalong techniques with their children or with children in their care. Participants will receive a copy of the slides used on this course

The Yard is an award-winning charity running adventure play services for disabled children, young people and their families in the east of Scotland. We offer disabled children and their siblings the chance to experience creative, adventurous indoor and outdoor play in a well-supported environment. Since we opened in 1986, our services have grown significantly, but we will always retain our holistic approach and ethos of a child-centred and child-led play service. At The Yard, our role in the lives of children and families is an ambitious one. Our single purpose as an organisation is to provide care, support, and opportunities for fun and friendship for disabled children and young people. We also encourage families to let go, promoting challenge, personal growth and supported independence for their children. We currently provide training on Thursday mornings during term time at The Yard Edinburgh in topics related to what we do best - inclusive play, Signalong, understanding autism and behavioural challenges, disability awareness and communication methods. Our courses can benefit organisations as diverse as the emergency services, banks, taxi drivers as well as playworkers, nursery staff and teachers. You can book on our website or by phone. All courses are introductory with no previous knowledge or experience needed.

Provider Title:
The Yard

Contact Number:
0131 476 4506

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Our short courses are intended as an introduction to the topics. Some of the courses have been developed with third party organisations and are delivered by Tailor Ed on our behalf. Our inclusive play course has been developed by our own team based on decades of experience of delivering the best inclusive play environment. Our Introduction to Signalong course is approved by the Signalong charity and delivered by an in-house trained practitioner. We conduct surveys after every course and monitor these closely in order that we can make changes and improvements on the very rare occasion that we would be required to do so.

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