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  • 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
  • Try to imagine being him

    Seth signing

    My son Seth is 22 years old. He has Mitochondrial myopathy, so endures more pain in a day than a soldier. But he does not complain. His social problems, or his problems in relating to society, hinge on the fact that hardly anyone 'speaks' his language. His language is Makaton.

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    On 03 Jan 2014 / By Sol J
    At home
  • We wouldn’t be without signing

    Stella's baby daughter looking at a book

    Expecting a speech delay when our unborn child was diagnosed with Down's syndrome, we embarked on learning to sign before she was even born. We started learning some basic Makaton signing that would be relevant...

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    On 04 Nov 2013 / By Stella R
    At home
  • We are the champions!

    MiXiT performing 'We are the champions'

    Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust (HPFT) recently hosted a sharing good practice conference, where we gave a one-off performance of a Makaton version of Queen's ‘We are the champions‘...

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    On 07 Oct 2013 / By Jenna B
    Out and about
  • Sainsbury's café

    Pupils from Warmley Park school at Sainsbury café

    I have taken pupils and students to many different places in the community, but none have been as accepting and welcoming of our students as the café at Sainsbury’s Emerson Green, in Warmley...

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    On 08 Jul 2013 / By Jackie Thomas
    Out and about
  • Thank you, Oliver

    Oliver painting

    Oliver has opened my eyes! To how you can overcome whatever struggles you are going through. To how, talking is the smallest part of communicating. And to how the biggest thing that could help change his life is if more people understand and appreciate children with learning disabilities...

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    On 07 May 2013 / By Daisy W
    At work
  • The Links Café

    A cup cake

    We are now a recognised Makaton Friendly café and we try to make the cafe as inclusive as possible by offering a range of systems to support people with communication difficulties, easy to use equipment and experienced and supportive staff..

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    On 07 May 2013 / By Heather G
    Out and about
  • Shared laughter

    Tom H with his sword, and two dogs

    Tom is 15 now, and at times I’ve thought to myself ‘will he ever know enough signs or use them well enough, so that we’ll be able to have a proper conversation or share a joke?’ Then in a perfectly ordinary situation, in a very ordinary exchange, it suddenly occurs to me we’re doing both.

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    On 27 Mar 2013 / By Deborah H
    At home
  • My happy fate

    Chrissy with her baby daughter and Chattyhands colleagues

    So here I am, a new Regional Tutor, discovering how varied and fun life is by knowing and using Makaton. Bronte is now 2 and signing back to me about the things that motivate her most, usually food...

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    On 25 Mar 2013 / By Chrissy Dargue
    At work
  • Relaxed communication

    Makaton symbol for 'to teach'

    It was a really positive move to go on Makaton training. I see the benefits in my work regularly. I think that Makaton is something that more people working in similar jobs should be trained to use, it would make the work they do more effective and successful.

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    On 22 Mar 2013 / By Jacqui H
    At work