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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, 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.


  • If you get in touch with the down syn drome people in your town or area, depending where you live, they would be able to probably send you a copy of all the sign language so that you will slowly be able to learn it., depending on whether it is the normal one used by the deaf people, they may also have an office that you can communicate, probably google can help there, so that if you have a spare copy it may be good for you as well.. Believe it or not there are also quite a few church groups that teach and do the sign language because of the conditions that are now arising for deaf people….


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