Many hearing people have a lack of knowledge of BSL, the numbers of Deaf people in the country, the difference between mild, moderate, severe and profound hearing loss, and no comprehension of the difficulties that Deaf people face on a daily basis in the UK.
For adults, our team give informative talks to groups such as The Round Table, The U3A, and other philanthropic organisations and charities. We make these interactive to lighten a subject which is very thought provoking.
For children, our sessions are much more fun. We introduce BSL through Question and Answer sessions or a translation of a short song into BSL. Children are very quick to embrace BSL as a language without feeling inhibited in the way adults do. They are also able to ask very direct and pertinent questions which lead to interesting discussions afterwards for teachers and team leaders.
We visit schools, Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Cubs, Rainbows and Beavers and design our sessions specifically. They will vary depending on the age of the children and number in the group – this can be from 10 right up to the entire school. The sessions blend in with particular school curriculum topics or book weeks; or badges which are being studied. We are very flexible and can attend short morning assemblies, Q&A sessions, whole classroom lessons, whole teaching days and after school clubs.
Our team are so passionate about what they do that their enthusiasm soon transfers over to children and adults alike.
On a more serious note, we also deliver professional workplace training to businesses and NHS health care and social care providers. Our goal is for every public facing company to have a ‘go-to’ person who can communicate using British Sign Language.
If you are interested in a BSL Q&A Assembly, a BSL afterschool club, would like us to run a Deaf Awareness event or teach your staff BSL, please contact us.
“It is always a pleasure to welcome your team to the Royal Grammar School and the boys had a great time. They felt like they learnt a lot in the space of one session with Paul and Lisa. Many thanks to your team for coming. ” – Marie Mc Carter, Head of German & organiser of Languages Day, RGS
“The assembly with Dot Sign Language was great and our children really enjoyed learning the signs for the colours and members of their family. Highly informative and recommended.” – Serena Roberts Headteacher, St Mary’s CofE Infant School, Godalming
“Thank you so much for coming out to visit us, the girls enjoyed learning the signs and asking questions. It was a really informative session and it kept the girls engaged throughout. Many parents commented that the girls had showed the signs they’d learnt when they got home and some of the girls had even been practising their signs during the week after and showed them to us last Tuesday.” Wrecclesham Rainbows
“Very good. Very interesting and informative.” Caterham Scouts. “The best way to keep a group of Scouts quiet on a Friday evening!” – Scout leaders.
“Thank you very much Kathleen and Clair for coming to visit our cub pack last night. The children really enjoyed learning all about what it’s like to be deaf, and to learn some sign language. I have told them that I will be testing them at the end of the term to see if they have learnt how to fingerspell their name.” – Cub leader