About Makaton

Today over 100,000 children and adults use Makaton symbols and signs, either as their main method of communication or as a way to support speech.

In addition to children and adults with communication and learning difficulties and the community around them – for example, teachers, health professionals, friends, public service bodies etc. Makaton is increasingly used by the general public to aid communication.

Makaton has been shown to be useful for all sorts of people including those who struggle with understanding concepts, those who have poor literacy skills, including grammatical knowledge, and those with English as an Additional Language. By using Makaton, children and adults can take a more active part in life, because communication and language are the key to everything we do and learn.

Let's talk Makaton

You can start learning and using Makaton straight away.

As a first step, why not learn our Sign of the Week?

See how other people are using Makaton to transform their lives.

Then visit the Makaton Library to take a look at our wide range of free resources, or browse our online shop.

And if you have a question, you can ask a Makaton expert in our community forum, MakaChat.

Then, you'll be ready to learn Makaton : we have both face-to-face and online workshops available.