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Signalong sing challenge

Date: 13/10/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Six Medway schools are taking part in a world record attempt in simultaneously singing and signing. Organised by Afasic, a national charity for children with speech and language problems, the world record attempt will take place on Wednesday, 22 October at 9:30am. The Medway schools taking part are: · Thamesview Infants · Twydall Infants · Warren Wood Primary School · Dane Court Primary School · The Marlborough unit at Hoo St. Werburgh · Abbey Court Secondary Greatfield Lodge, the Strood centre for adults with learning disabilities, is also taking part. The song has been specially written by Alison Burns, a Scottish musician and songwriter who works with schools. The signs have been provided by Signalong, a Medway based charity that provides visual communication resources for children and adults with learning difficulties and autism. More than 100 schools throughout the country are taking part with a total of more than 6,500 people. Kay Meinertzhagen from Signalong and the Valuing Medway People Partnership Board said: “We are thrilled to be involved with this event which celebrates Afasic's 40th anniversary. The two charities have the same aim – to help children with language problems and we are glad that they have called on our specialist expertise in sign-supported communication.” AFASIC is a parent-led organisation to help children and young people with speech and language impairments. For more details log on to http://www.afasic.org.uk/index.htm Signalong is a Medway-based national charity that provides resources and training in communication for children and adults with learning disabilities and autism. For more details contact Mike Kennard (0845 450 8423) mkennard@signalong.org.uk or log on to www.signalong.org.uk