This page details:
- Who we use Onbody Signing with
- Why we use Onbody Signing with pupils
- Options when using Onbody Signing
- Videos showing how to use Onbody Signing with Core Words
In the main, Oaklands School’s Onbody Signs are based on the Canaan Barrie signing system.
Who we use Onbody Signing with
In Oaklands, we use onbody signing with children who:
- have visual impairments, and would find it difficult to see what was happening with Signalong signing
- have limited motor skills, and would therefore find it difficult to take part in Signalong signing
- have a combination of both of the above
Why we use Onbody Signing with these Pupils
We use onbody signing to:
- help a pupil understand:
- what is being said to them
- what is happening now
- what is happening next
- help a pupil express things, through:
- potentially developing some signs of their own
- potentially controlling some situations – to sign “finished” can be pretty powerful
- potentially developing some spoken language
- encourage participation, through:
- the closeness of the pupil and child
- the involvement of the pupil in the communication
Options when using Onbody Signing
There are normally two options with Onbody Signing, sometimes even three.
- Option One is for pupils who would find it difficult to use their arms to join in with the Onbody Signing.
- Option Two is for pupils who would be able to use their arms to join in with the Onbody Signing.
- Option Three, where it exists, give an alternative option which may be more appropriate for a pupil.