Written by Siri Burke, Speech Pathologist at Croydon Park. Article from March 2018
Key Word Sign Explained
What is Key Word Sign?
Key Word Sign (KWS) is a communication system, sometimes referred to as an augmentative and alternative communication system. AAC refers to anything that helps us communicate alongside (or instead of) speech; things like body language, facial expression, pictures, or even a high tech talking device.
With Key Word Sign, we use hand signs to represent the main words in a sentence. It’s used alongside spoken words.
Isn’t that sign language?
Key Word Sign is different from Auslan, Australia’s sign language.