This page is for our members

If you would like to continue reading Close the window using the X

You can view 5 pages to see what we offer our members. You have 5 pages left.
After this we will ask you to join the National Deaf Children’s Society.

to become a free member or sign in with your email address and password to access all areas of our website.

This will give you full access to:

  • The latest information, advice and event listings.
  • Our publications area where you can download, or order, our latest resources.
  • E-newsletters, with tips and real life stories.
  • One to one advice from our Helpline and Children and Families’ Support Officers.

Plus much more!!

Members area



Don't have a login?

Join us

Become a member

  • Connect with others through events, workshops, campaigns and our NEW online forum, Your Community
  • Discover information and insights in our resource hub and receive the latest updates via email and Families magazine
  • Access one-to-one support and tailored services which help reduce barriers for deaf children
  • Borrow technology and devices which support deaf children’s communication and independence
Menu Open mobile desktop menu

Storytelling using characters


Creating characters

Here's a fun story about Mel the monkey. It's a fantastic example of how to use sign language to create characters. You can see how our storyteller becomes the different characters: he's small and mischievous for Mel and tall and concerned for the Park Ranger.

You'll also notice how he uses lots of different facial expressions. By using as many visual elements as you can, you'll be able to become your characters and make them seem real.

This story is a bit more complex than the others so try learning it a bit at at time to make it easier to remember. Watch it a few times and have a go yourself at home!

Try it yourself

Try to practice some of the techniques from the video and use them in your own stories. 

  • Use your facial expressions to add personality to your characters and bring them to life.
  • Use simple examples of body language to show your characters' feelings; they could keep their head up if they're good and attentive, or 'head down' if they have something to hide, or if they're sleepy.

To help you get started, take a look at Daisy and Ted's Awesome Adventures and Jake and Jasmine to the Rescue.