About Us

First Signs brings NZSL into your family/whānau home and  makes learning NZSL fun.

First Signs is provided through a mix of home visits and web-based support from Deaf Aotearoa Facilitators.

Visits can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on the family’s needs. Visits can be at home, or even at the park!

First Signs provides information and resources and always respects each family’s decisions.

First Signs:

  • Supports and monitors NZSL language development
  • Works with Advisors on Deaf Children (AODC) and other professionals involved with the family, e.g.: cochlear implant programme, audiologists, Deaf Education Centre staff
  • Supports transition to ECE and/or school.

Team Leader:

– Natasha Cloete
firstsigns@deaf.org.nz

Deaf Aotearoa General Manager – Children & Youth:

– Bridget Ferguson

bridget.ferguson@deaf.org.nz

Also in First Steps

How it works

Have you recently learned that you have a deaf child under five in your family/whānau?

NZSL With Your Little One

Here you’ll learn about signing with your child, with tips and tricks to help you along the way.

Contact Enquiries

Ask a question or book an appointment below. 

0800 33 23 22

firstsigns@deaf.org.nz