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.
Each word (concept) is matched to a hand sign. Key word signing uses Auslan signs. Auslan is the native language of the Australian deaf community (Australian Sign Language).
The main features of Key Word Sign include:
- Use of sign and speech concurrently
- Sign the key words but say the whole sentence
- Use of visual strategies including body language, facial expression and directionality
- The use of symbols where appropriate
- Some use of finger spelling