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  • It started with Play School

    Carol Chell

    Carol Chell, much loved children’s TV presenter, recently took part in the BBC’s Pointless programme.  We are thrilled that Carol decided to nominate The Makaton Charity as her chosen charity.  We asked her to share her Makaton story...

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    On 21 Oct 2014 / By Carol Chell
    Out and about
  • My Makaton journey: part 3

    In her third blog, Shona Chambers, Cerebra's Regional Officer for the north east and Makaton Regional Tutor, tells us how her son Michael is progressing...

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    On 24 Sep 2014 / By Shona Chambers
    At home
  • A beautiful bond

    Isla M

    Isla began to sign mummy and daddy instantly, and straight away asked for more and more signs. She was so quick to learn the signs that it gave me a confidence boost in being an example for her and for Olly...

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    On 08 Sep 2014 / By Danielle M
    At home
  • Angelman to the rescue!

    Angelman

    My twin brother, Theo, was finally, after nearly 18 years, diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome. After the diagnosis, I dedicated an A-Level art project to Angelman Syndrome: turning Angelman into a superhero and make a comic strip to outline some of the symptoms..

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    On 26 Jun 2014 / By Reece J
    At home
  • Makaton at CBeebies Land

    Justin Fletcher with CBeebies stars

    We were very excited to be invited to Alton Towers Resort to have a preview of the new Something Special Sensory Garden which is part of the new CBeebies Land attraction. How could we say no?!

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    On 28 May 2014 / By Nickie Wren
    Out and about
  • My Makaton journey: part 2

    In her second blog, Shona Chambers, Cerebra's Regional Officer for the north east and Makaton Regional Tutor, talks about learning Makaton and shares some useful hints and tips...

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    On 02 May 2014 / By Shona Chambers
    At home
  • What Makaton means to me

    Alissa and Cath

    I have started to learn a new language. In the past five years, my partner and I have witnessed the mixed emotions and worrying times, of good friends who are bringing up a child with cerebral palsy...

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    On 25 Mar 2014 / By Cath K
    At home
  • MyChoicePad Study

    Sophie using MyChoicePad to talk with Ami

    I wanted to have an evidence base for using certain apps in therapy, so decided to carry out a small piece of descriptive research to investigate the effectiveness of using MyChoicePad as a communication and learning tool...

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    On 31 Jan 2014 / By Ami Coleman
    At work
  • My Makaton journey: part 1

    Shona and Michael

    I first heard of Makaton when my son was just a few weeks old – Michael has Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome, ASD and is non verbal. My Makaton journey began in earnest when Michael started school. He was choosing to sign Makaton, so we needed to up our game...

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    On 28 Jan 2014 / By Shona Chambers
    At home