Meet Kobe, a 13-year-old boy diagnosed with Velocardiofacial Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The most common feature of Velocardiofacial Syndrome is speech and language delay. As such, communication was Kobe’s parents’ greatest concern.
In this video, his mother Tanya explains the significance Key Word Sign has had in Kobe’s ability to communicate with others, and we get to see a little of Kobe’s signing over a number of years.
Key Word Sign provided Kobe with a means to communicate whilst his speech and language slowly developed. Today, Kobe still uses Key Word Sign as a backup communication tool when his speech is not quite enough to get his message across and be understood.