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The Sensory Loss dictionary focuses on tactile signs and how they are formed from conventional manual signs.  The methods used include manual, tracking, hand-on-hand, co-active, deaf-blind and touch/body signs.

In addition communication strategies including: real life objects, models, object symbols, tactile cards/books, fingerspelling, and Braille will be illustrated.


The Sensory Loss Dictionary presentation one word/sign per page. To enhance clarity and understanding each sign is accompanied by a written description that are colour code.

Signs will be presented in the following ways

  • Manual (M)
  • Hand-Under-Hand (HUH)
  • Co-active (C)
  • Touch/Body signs (B) (also called on body signing, pro-tactile and haptic)
  • Deafblind signs (DB)



Signs represented are based on the manual Auslan code and noted as (AUSLAN).

Signs from Australia’s first peoples, Australian Aboriginal signs are noted as (AASL).


Where an Auslan sign is the same as a sign from another English speaking code, the codes are:

New Zealand (NZSL)

British (BSL)

American (ASL)

Hong Kong (HKSL)


Extra forms of communication use the following codes

Finger spelling (FS)

Object/Model (O)

Object symbol (OS)

Tactile card (TC)

Tactile book (TB)


Some pages provide informations on signs you can combine or activities to enhance language development.

As with all lexicons this dictionary is continually evolving, and will be constantly expanding in number of words.






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