It's Deaf Awareness Week! And I am so proud to say that I can sign. As a child, I was luckily enough to go to a Beautiful Primary School that had the facilities for deaf children, because of that BSL basic part of our daily schooling, and the majority of the pupils had a good basic knowledge of BSL. I then went onto study BSL in college just after I started my teaching degree as it was something that I wanted to progress in so that I could pass onto my own pupils, and that I did! I am so proud that my pupils also learned basic communication skills that will hopefully stick with them forever! It is such a privilege to know that you could help someone who may otherwise have barriers in their communication or to even just stick up a conversation with a strange who wasn't expecting it. To make someone feel included is just so important and we should be making sure that we can at least try.
HERE ARE MY TOP TIPS FOR HELPING TO REDUCE THESE BARRIERS:
1) Speak clearly and naturally.
2) Speak one at a time.
3) Face the person you are talking too.
4) Keep your mouth well seen ( Don't cover it with your hands etc)
5) Reduce background noise.
CLICK HERE TO SEE MY VIDEO OF ME SIGNING- 1000 YEARS IN BSL.
Why don't you learn how to sign your name? Use the image below to help you finger spell your name!