Key Word Sign Australia is located in the Special Education Centre at the University of Newcastle, NSW. Key Word Sign Australia acts as the co-ordinating body f

KEY WORD SIGN AUSTRALIA

About us

What is Key Word Sign?

Key word sign is the use of manual signs and natural gesture to support communication. Key word sign is used to encourage and support language development in children and adults with communication difficulties.
Key word signing uses a core vocabulary of specially selected words that comprises concepts and ideas considered to be the most appropriate for children and adults with communication and language difficulties.

Key Word Sign Australia

Key Word Sign Australia (KWSA) was formerly known as Makaton Australia. The Makaton Vocabulary was developed in England by Margaret Walker in the early 1970s. The Makaton Program was introduced to Australia by Anne Cooney in 1977 and first used at the Stockton Hospital (Newcastle, NSW). In 1984 Margaret Walker visited Australia and helped organise Makaton Australia (managed from the University of Newcastle) and Makaton state branches. In 2010, Makaton Australia was renamed Key Word Sign Australia. Key Word Sign Australia continues to support children and adults with communication and language difficulties and continues to provide quality resources to families, carers and professionals.

Ordering Key Word Sign Australia Resources

Effective 2015, KWSA is now managed by Scope Victoria. More information on KWSA and how to order KWSA resources is available from here.

For further details on Scope and the management of Key Word Sign resources visit http://www.scopevic.org.au