'It will open up the world between you and your child’
‘I communicate on a much more precise level with my daughter’
‘It has made me understand how frustrating it is for my daughter when she is unable to make herself understood’
Quotes from parents/careers workshops.
"Professional taster day was amazing! A big thank you to the professionals from Jessop Primary, St. Bernadette's, Lambeth Social Care, Lambeth Occupational Health, Lambeth Psychology Services, and Moving Matters who all attended. We look forward to meeting more people in the future. "
Hi, I'm Julia. I'm a Regional Makaton Tutor. I run weekly Makaton sessions for parents, carers, staff as well as for other professionals.
Being able to communicate is one of the most important skills we need in life. Almost everything we do involves communication; everyday tasks such as learning at school, asking for food and drink, sorting out problems, making friends and having fun. These all rely on our ability to communicate with each other.
Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.
With Makaton, children and adults can communicate straight away using signs and symbols. Many people then drop the signs or symbols naturally at their own pace, as they develop speech.
For those who have experienced the frustration of being unable to communicate meaningfully or effectively, Makaton really can help. Makaton takes away that frustration and enables individuals to connect with other people and the world around them. This opens up all kinds of possibilities.
Makaton uses signs, symbols and speech to help people communicate. Signs are used, with speech, in spoken word order. This helps provide extra clues about what someone is saying. Using signs can help people who have no speech or whose speech is unclear. Using symbols can help people who have limited speech and those who cannot, or prefer not to sign.
Julia, Regional Makaton Tutor
We have been learning to sing 'Walking On Sunshine' using Makaton. Take a look.