Why does Makaton work?

Michael and Joshua
If you are able to make a donation, whatever the amount, to The Makaton Charity, please visit my Just Giving page to donate now!

Michael Barnett is running the London Marathon as Mr Tumble, to raise money for The Makaton Charity.

Hi everyone

What can I say other than that Joshua obviously made an impact!  Following the summary of my meeting him in my last post, Meeting Joshua, the fundraising has really started to pick up so very many thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. 

The total is well over the £1,500 mark, this already means that over 300 families can be supported through the helpline, which is brilliant, so thank you.

There is still the equivalent of more than 24 ‘miles’ to go though so imagine how many families we could help if we reach that target together!

The reaction to my last blog prompted two thoughts: firstly, which of the other photos of Joshua should I include this week (this is a call for donations after all smiley emoticon) and what is it about Makaton that means that it works? 

You’ll have seen the answer to the first thought and here is the answer to the second...

When we speak, we often use extra tools to help the person we are communicating with understand what we are saying.  We use facial expression, eye contact and body language to give as much information as possible.  As another example, if we are asked for directions, we might draw a picture.

Research shows that signs and gestures are easier to learn than spoken words.  This makes sense.  Babies use gestures before they can speak, to tell us what they want. Children and adults can use Makaton to let others know what they want, make choices, share information and understand more.  This helps build and develop important communication and language skills. 

It was wonderful to meet Joshua and see for myself, just how Makaton works and the difference that it makes to people’s lives.  This is what drives me on, to keep training and with your help, raise vital funds for The Makaton Charity so that they can help more people like Joshua.

How’s the training going?  I’m pleased to say that it’s going well, with a sunny long run at the weekend and even some sprint training with my son last week.  Not wanting to be beaten by him was a great motivator!

Thanks for reading this far.  If you could support the great work done by The Makaton Charity please visit my Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/MichaelRBarnett/

or text MAKA15 £1 or £2 or £5 or £10 to 70070 to donate now!

Thanks everyone!

Michael

(Read Michael's previous blog, Meeting Joshua, and his next one, Running for The Makaton Charity)

23rd March 2015

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