Auslan Keyword signing resources

In this section, Massiel Barros-Torning will introduce you to the benefits of keyword signing and explain how it works. Keyword signing assists not only the deaf community, but it can assist children and adults to learn non-verbal communication skills. Keyword signing can assist those people who struggle with verbal communication, such as those with autism.

These lessons give children, parents and educators have the opportunity to learn the Auslan Keyword signs for some of our books. Massiel breaks the lessons down to simplify the learning, including lessons about fingerspelling and key signs to practice.


We will be using keyword signing in this project. Keyword signing uses Auslan signs. Auslan is the native language of the Australian Deaf community (Australian Sign Language).

Keyword signing uses a core vocabulary of selected words considered to be the most appropriate for children and adults often used as a way to support with communication and language difficulties.

In this project, we gratefully acknowledge the Deaf community for the use of Auslan signs.

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