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I have recently started caring for a beautiful girl that has Down Sydrome and I was wondering if anyone knew what the name of the sign language they get taught please, as i would like to research it? She has used it a few times and I just want to make sure I know exactly what she is saying so I can understand everything. Also if anyone has any great advice or websites (in Australia) so I can help her grow, thanks :)

Posted anonymously, 30th December 2013

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  • Yes we used Auslan too, here’s the sign bank https://www.auslan.org.au/
    I also used Betty’s Book from the Royal institute for Deaf and Blind children, it comes with a binder and dvd. And both our speech & occupational therapists were emphasizing on sign language too. You can also ask for funding for a course for yourself & the family members as part of your NDIS plan.

  • Yes, it is AUSLAN. You can log onto the AUSLAN signbank at http://www.auslan.org.au/
    There is a dictionary where you can look up words and there is a video of a person signing the word. Fabulous website.

  • It wouldn’t be Auslan would it? That’s the only one I know of

  • Excellent question – I did not know this! Great to follow the responses

  • Could it be Auslan? I’m not sure, but I’ve seen that in the news a bit lately. I wasn’t even aware that Down Syndrome sufferers need a sign language. Learn something new everyday

  • there are some good comments here

  • You can do Makaton (spelling) and Key Word Signing? Or auslan.

  • A few different answers but my understanding was that it was Auslan as well. Best to check it out though

  • Hope you found a useful website

  • try the endevour foundation my cousin has down syndrome and he goes there he is one of the most intelligent people I know.

  • Interesting… I’m following this one.

  • Just remembered the name has been changed from Makaton to Key Word Signing. Give both a google :)

  • Makaton is this sign language that I use in my workplace caring for adults with Disabilities. They are much simpler than Auslan. Good luck!

  • Good on you for being so caring, and involved

  • I also don’t know, but wish you luck in your endeavours. I’m sure you’ll get a lot out of the experience of caring for this little girl and she will too.

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