Key Word Sign offers a number of different types of signing workshops.
- Basic Workshops - These basic workshops are aimed at parents, carers or professionals who want a sound introduction to key word signing. Typically, a number of basic workshops are run throughout the year in the capital cities or occasionally in regional centres.
- In-House Workshops - These are basic workshops that have been tailored for your organisation. The trained presenter will come to your organisation and present a workshop for your staff.
- Presenter Training - An intensive four day workshop aimed at giving people the skills to prepare and present a Basic Signing Workshop.
Basic Signing Workshop
The Basic Signing Workshop provides an introduction to key word signing. The workshops run for a full day (six hrs) or two half day sessions. The workshops introduce the theoretical basis of using sign and gesture and will allow time for participants to become competent at producing approximately 80 signs.
At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:
- explain the difference between Key Word Sign, Auslan and Signed English
sign for at least 80 signs
- select vocabulary for individual clients
- have an understanding of sign production techniques
- know where to find resources and follow up support in the use of key word sign and natural gesture
Presenter Training is a four day workshop aimed at giving people the skills to be able to prepare and present a Basic Signing Workshop. Presenter Training workshops cover the theory and practice of key word signing.
Overall Objectives for Presenter Training
By the end of the four day Presenter Training course, participants will be competent in presenting a Basic Signing Workshop which demonstrates:
- a firm theoretical understanding of Key Word Sign & Gesture (KWS&G) in relation to aided and other unaided Alternative and Augmentative systems and strategies
- familiarity with resources and current research supporting use of KWS&G
- familiarity with the structure of the KWS&G workshop and the ability to modify the workshop to meet the needs of specific participant groups
- a clear understanding of the practical issues inherent in introducing and teaching KWS&G within specific learning environments
- application of the principles of adult learning
- an understanding of clear and accurate signing models and instruction.