This course details why it is so important to use visual forms of communication with children who have Down syndrome. Speech assisted signing makes speech visual .The course includes 300 everyday signs over two 2 hour sessions. Session 1 covers why we use signing with children with Down syndrome; the BSL alphabet and the signs for manners; animals; food; family and other people. Session 2 covers signs for the home; school day; colours; descriptions; time/days and questions. Followed by a discussion on how behaviour can be addressed through signing. Both sessions include practise of useful phrases and familiar children’s songs.