BodySign's teaching concept


Development of a teaching concept for teaching BodySigns and for the training of BodySigns instructors

As part of the BodySigns project (2018-2023), social-haptic signs for deafblind people in German-speaking countries were collected, recorded and made available online for the first time (
In the next phase of the project, a teaching concept is to be developed that will serve as a basis for instructors to conduct BodySigns training workshops. The target groups for qualification measures should not only be people who communicate tactilely and their assistants, but also their environment (friends, relatives, colleagues).

As various deaf and deafblind instructors are to be enabled in future to offer BodySigns training courses independently as part of a self-employed or sideline activity, a professional teaching concept is required for this, which includes practical instructions for the prospective instructors. The use of the concept should be mandatory for certified instructors as part of qualification measures.

It will also be important for the lexicon in the long term to implement important haptic signs again and again. The words most frequently used by children differ in part from those frequently used by adults. Using the word list by Boenisch (2014), a list of core and marginal vocabulary of children and adolescents based on scientific vocabulary analyses, the existing haptic BodySigns are compared with the word list and those words that are still missing in the BodySigns lexicon are newly implemented in the BodySigns lexicon.

Another group that uses special social haptic signs is that of senior citizens who have problems with hearing and seeing as they get older. Communication with them becomes increasingly difficult due to their progressive loss of hearing and sight, and relatives and carers have problems maintaining a relationship with them. Haptic BodySigns, which specifically meet the communication needs of older people, can be used as a substitute for communication.

Another planned step in the 2023-2025 project phase is the organization of an international BodySigns conference in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MAGS) NRW and the Stiftung Taubblind Leben.