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Family Sign Language - commissioned course

Photo: Mum with her two sons on the sofa practising sign language.

Our new family sign language course can help families struggling to communicate with their deaf child

The course can be booked by schools, local authorities, voluntary organisations and any other services that work with families of deaf children. We can deliver the course directly to the families you work with.

The course provides parents and carers with the skills to communicate with their deaf child through sign language. Attendees will learn simple signs for everyday family situations and topics.

One of our expert deaf tutors will deliver the course in a series of fun, interactive sessions. Each session will cover a variety of topics that are tailored to the age range and lifestyle of your service users or beneficiaries.

The course is suitable for up to six parents, carers, or family members of deaf children. The topics covered are best suited to children aged 0-11, however families with older children are welcome to take part.

‘The sessions have helped us a lot, with my daughter at home from school now we are using sign language more and more every day.’

- course attendee, June 2020

What will course the cover?

  • what Family Sign Language is
  • learning simple signs for everyday situations and topics
  • understanding the importance of good visual communication.

Tailoring the course to meet your parents’ needs

We’ll work with you to identify the needs of the families you work with and adapt the course content to cover situations that will be the most useful to them. For the final session in the course, families can choose what topics they'd like to learn more about.

How long does the course take?

The course is made up of six sessions. Each session will cover a topic relevant to family life. The course is made up of six sessions. Each session will cover a topic relevant to family life. We can be flexible with how the sessions are run so that they suit parents' schedules. 

How is the course delivered?

Each course will be delivered by one of our own highly experienced and trained deaf tutors. 

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this course will take place online using Zoom. Face-to-face courses won’t be available until 2021/2022, this is subject to change.

What’s included?

For a one-off cost, we’ll provide:

  • an online family sign language course made up of six sessions
  • one of our trained and experienced family sign language tutors to run the session for up to six parents, carers or family members
  • a BSL interpreter for the first session
  • an evaluation report based on the parents’ feedback before and after the course.

Course price: £1,400.

As this course is part of our charitable activities, VAT is not charged.

Commission us to deliver this course

If you’d like to book the course or find out more information, please register your interest and we’ll be in touch to discuss your requirements.