WHAT ARE WE ALL ABOUT?
We strive to cherish the languages of Aotearoa New Zealand by empowering whānau and friends to communicate in Te Reo Māori, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and English; the three official languages of New Zealand.
What we're up to...
In consultation with people in the Deaf community and experts in Te Reo Māori, we have created this series of books to give families a tool to use together to communicate with their little ones using NZSL and Te Reo Māori.
Children understand so much before they can produce the words verbally. They are able to use gesture and expression before being able to speak. Introducing New Zealand Sign Language at a young age gives your little one the ability to communicate before they can speak!
What does the research say?
We are often asked if using sign language delays speaking. The opposite has been found to be true! And even more exciting, the research shows that children who can sign, and therefore communicate their needs, are less frustrated. Click here for a summary of the research! Learning more than one language is so powerful for brain development.
Learning to communicate is not just speaking, but using signs, gestures and facial expressions too.
It's so important to explore a variety of ways to communicate with our children. When children know that you will be receptive to their attempts, they will keep trying to communicate with you and the foundation is set for language learning, communication and interpersonal skills..