Paget Gorman Signed Speech (PGSS) is an unaided augmentative sign system that supports language and communication.

It is used in the UK, Ireland and Australia and enables practitioners to support children’s communication effectively.

It is, and can be, used flexibly at many levels in different settings:

• with children with specific language impairment as a total communication system in language units/bases,
• to support inclusion of children with speech, language and communication needs in mainstream education,
• as a learning tool to support all children to access and understand curriculum vocabulary,
• to support children whose first language is not English,
• it is also taught to parents/carers as well as those working in education.

Strengths of the system
Unlike some other augmentative systems, PGSS:

• supports literacy skills, particularly reading, for children who may not be able to vocalise accurately what they read or write,
• aids conceptual learning, as signs are grouped in categories which link to each other; this in turn supports word retrieval,
• supports the understanding and use of grammar, as the system makes the grammatical rules visual and ‘logical’,
• can follow the patterns of English speech whether simple or complex,
• can be simplified into prompts to be used to ‘cue’ children with their language or behaviour
has an extensive lexicon.