What is Makaton? It’s a word we hear a lot in early years and use in many of our nurseries, but what is it actually all about?
Makaton is a type of signing language that’s based on the original British Sign Language but is used in conjunction with speech using signs (gestures) and symbols (pictures) to help people communicate. Over 100,000 children and adults currently use Makaton, either as their main method of communication or as a way to support speech.
How do I Learn Makaton?
Makaton is recommended for children, parents, family members, teachers and carers alike. In short, the more people who know Makaton, the more it’s possible to help those with communication difficulties.
There are a variety of virtual courses available from the Makaton charity, however they also provide a range of free learning resources, covering many of the core tools that children will need, including:
Top Tips for Learning Makaton
If you are keen to learn Makaton, take a look at our top tips below:
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