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  • Drawing back the curtains

    Teenage boy using a mitre saw

    John Laing Training (JLT) develop and deliver a range of training programmes to suit a variety of learners, businesses and industries. On the face of it you wouldn’t think they have much use for Makaton. However, appearances can be deceptive...

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    On 29 Jun 2015 / By Chris G & Dave H
    At work
  • Marwell Zoo

    Marwell Zoo road sign, showing a silhouette of a deer on a hand print

    Marwell Zoo near Winchester has become the first zoo to gain a Makaton Friendly award. With around half a million visitors and over 40,000 school children they aim to make sure every one of them has an amazing experience...

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    On 29 Jun 2015 / By Steve G
    Out and about
  • Makaton is such a gift

    Jacob Devine eating toast while sitting outside

    Makaton is such a gift. A gift to feel heard, understood, valued, important, to enable everyone to become themselves. Give Makaton a try, find a training course, and encourage all people who come into contact with your child to take part too...

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    On 29 Jun 2015 / By Wendy Devine
    At home
  • Little Learners

    Girl signing red

    Little Learners is a Makaton Friendly pre-school in Penzance. Two years ago, they started to promote the use of Makaton: their vision was to teach all their children a core level of signing which could enable both their own communication and with others they would meet...

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    On 18 May 2015 / By Emily S
    At school
  • ARK Rose Primary Academy

    Young girl signing dinner

    I am so passionate about communication and have seen such amazing breakthroughs with the children, young people and their families that I have taught, and that whatever role I have had, I just always wanted to make a difference and I believe teaching Makaton helps me do that.

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    On 28 Apr 2015 / By Josephine Hayes
    At school
  • Makaton Folk

    Folk Night

    Singing with Makaton signs is a beautiful and captivating thing to watch. I've tested out a few of the songs at various folk events, and the reaction I've had from the audience has been humbling...

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    On 22 Apr 2015 / By Cat Kelly
    Out and about
  • My Makaton teacher!

    jacqui with her son, at a picniv

    We learned Makaton when he was younger but I didn’t think it would continue to be useful. I thought ‘well he has some language so to keep signing would be holding him back’. I was completely wrong of course: I am still learning new signs and still using Makaton in all sorts of situations...

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    On 29 Jan 2015 / By Jacqui S
    At home
  • Mathew and Makaton

    Jill and Mathew

    Whenever I get irritated by his constant barrage of questions...  I remind myself about the years I waited to hear him say "Mummy" and "I love you" and I'm thankful that we managed to break through the barriers... I'm positive we have Makaton to thank for that!

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    On 09 Jan 2015 / By Jill M-M
    At home
  • A gift of a project

    Screenshot of the Advent Calendar being produced

    When the possibility arose that the Advent Calendar might not happen this Christmas, we decided to follow the example of the Makaton community and pitch in; after all, we look forward to a new video every day as much as you do!

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    On 01 Dec 2014 / By Rochelle Dancel
    At work