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My 1st Signs helps children to learn signs through activities that encourage sign and word recognition. It can easily be adapted and personalised to meet the needs of each child as their language, vocabulary and communication skills develop. It includes BSL sign graphics from the popular Let's Sign BSL Series by Cath Smith, along with matching pictures, written words, and optional use of spoken words.

• Designed for pre-school and up to age 8, and for older children with special educational needs
• Suitable for BSL learners and those who use Sign Supported English (SSE)
• Includes over 150 words and pictures and over 200 corresponding Let's Sign illustrations to include the most commonly used and regional variations within BSL
• Easy to personalise with your own photos and voice, and own choice of wording
• Quickly select which signs to use, to grow and assess vocabulary
• Support for working with several children on a single device
• No in-app purchases, pop-up ads or user tracking
• No distracting background images or noises

Developed in collaboration with parents and teachers of children with special educational needs, and teachers of the deaf. Suitable for use at home and at nursery/kindergarten or school.

Ideal for practising signs with any child, encouraging them to interact and communicate, and for helping the transition from pictures to written words. The app is not a dictionary, and does not include animated signs or videos: to teach a child new signs you will need to use the app alongside them, and show and use the signs yourself as part of a wider signing environment.

BSL is a living community language and like all languages it is rich with variation and regional dialects. If the signs you use for particular words are not included, or if you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know at support@specialiapps.org. For more information, visit our website at www.specialiapps.org.

What’s New

Version 1.3.0

• Save and share personalized content using iCloud Drive (requires iOS 10)
• All the settings are now in the app itself
• Bug fixes and performance improvements


Special iApps C.I.C.
45.9 MB

Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.



Age Rating


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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