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Key Word Sign South Australia has a volunteer state group which plans and coordinates an annual programme of online and face to face Key Word Sign workshops and monthly 45 minute ‘update’ sessions, responds to requests for community workshops, provides a community of practice for our South Australian Key Word Sign presenters and helps to support and promote the understanding about and use of Key Word Sign in South Australia.

SA State Committee members:

  • Cathy Olsson – Coordinator
  • Esther Telfer – SA Facebook page
  • Cherie Nattrass – Secretary
  • Karen Sowton – Finances
  • Karin Humphreys – Kits and Resources
  • Jody Cremasco – Administration – – for all enquiries re registration for workshops and requests for community workshops

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Key Word Sign SA organises Basic Key Word Sign Workshops on a regular basis.

You will learn:

  • how KWS can improve interactions with children and adults who have difficulties understanding and using speech to express themselves
  • approximately 60-80 signs
  • how to incorporate KWS at home, and in educational and care settings

Community Workshops

Workshops are organised by the state committee across the year and are open to anyone interested in learning more about Key Word Sign.

Cost: $140 per person

An online version of the Basic Key Word Sign workshop has been developed to support the same learning outcomes as the face to face workshop.


  • Access to a laptop or table with microphone and camera to support video conferencing via Zoom

Workshop materials will be posted to participants in advance. Please email your postal address to Places are limited.

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Private Workshops

You can also request a workshop for your family, workplace, or for the team of people who support the person using KWS. This is a great way to get everyone trained together, and to personalise the training for the particular individual. This is a cost effective way of learning Key Word Sign and everyone in your community learns together.

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Please contact us for all enquiries about registration or requests for workshops for workshops.

Refresher/Practice sessions

If you have completed a Basic Workshop, you can come along to a session to support you to keep practising. For more information, contact, or check out our Facebook page.


Key Word Sign may support NDIS participants to reach your communication and participation goals. Key Word Sign training and workshops can be funded in an NDIS plan under the following line items:

  • Capacity Building Supports
  • Improved Daily Living Skills

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Upcoming Events

Fri 06 Jan, 2023

Thur 30 March 2023 – Intermediate Training – Blended

Fri 06 Jan, 2023

Fri 28 April 2023 – Intermediate Training – Blended

Fri 06 Jan, 2023

Thur 8 June 2023 – Intermediate Training – Blended

Fri 06 Jan, 2023

Wed 15 Feb 2023 – Basic Training – Full Day Workshop

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Tue 21 March 2023 – Basic Training – Full Day Workshop

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