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I'm learning BSL for a few reasons honestly, most of which are for other people who I am likely to connect with due to my studies, but also, for myself. 

As a Primary Teaching Student I want to learn to sign in order to better communicate with the children, parents, carers, workers and so many others who I will inevitably connect with in the world of education. I hope that by learning i'll be a better teacher, and a better support network too. 

I'm also learning simply for the principle; I love languages and I was never offered BSL in school (big shocker), but I don't really understand why. It's an important language that deserves more, and should be much more common place. So one person at a time I suppose.

Finally, I am diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, and when i'm at my worst (luckily not very often anymore) I can fall into short mute phases. My wife and I used to have a way of communicating by tapping and using colours to explain what I needed during those times, but it makes a lot more sense to use signs, and of course it benefits others as well as me to learn!

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