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  • Happy little helper

    Jenny's son Charlie has autism and uses Makaton. Helping another boy with autism while at work inspired her to invent a Makaton symbol shopping list game that's now available in over 300 Asda stores nationwide to help make shopping fun!

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    On 28 Mar 2018 / By Jenny B
    Out and about
  • The Brickworks Museum

    The Brickworks Museum in Bursledon has gained Makaton Friendly status, making it the first museum in the south-east to achieve the accolade.

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    On 28 Mar 2018 / By Gemma I
    Out and about
  • Makaton changing lives

    Makaton is changing our lives so much. It's giving my little boy his voice and I'm so happy we discovered it.

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    On 05 Mar 2018 / By Carly D
    At home
  • Makaton in practice

    I find practitioners are really enthusiastic when they complete the workshops but then when they get back to their setting it just…. stalls. So I developed a follow up training called Makaton In Practice...

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    On 02 Feb 2018 / By Ivana Barron
    At work
  • Use it or you lose it!

    'Use it or you lose it' is my new mantra when delivering Makaton training.  I really emphasise the benefits of using Makaton signs straight away  to ensure that it is sustainable and of lasting benefit...

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    On 09 Jan 2018 / By Anita A
    At work
  • Makaton Friendly Town

    Working in a school and going into adult care I noticed a massive gap in our system. Where are service users able to use their social communicative skills? I had an idea… What if we had a whole a town become Makaton Friendly!”

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    On 29 Nov 2017 / By Hannah Anderson
    Out and about
  • Riverside School

    As a Special Needs teacher, it fills me with delight when a child who is pre-verbal uses a Makaton sign to communicate.  With the effective use of Makaton this is happening more and more in Riverside School. 

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    On 29 Nov 2017 / By Jayne Meharg
    At school
  • Include Choir members

    ‘It’s something different’, ‘a lot of fun’, ‘it’s uplifting’ and’ it makes me happy’... Lots of members say that using signs when we sing helps them learn and remember the words to songs.

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    On 06 Nov 2017 / By Alix L
    Out and about
  • Theo’s story

    Makaton has made a massive difference to Theo’s ability to function as his world grows. Theo has recently started mainstream school and Makaton has given him the ability to manage in this environment.  It enables him to ask for food, a drink or to use the toilet. It gives him a voice...

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    On 06 Nov 2017 / By Michelle C
    At home
  • Makaton reaches top at NUS

    Simon Blake

    A year ago I wrote a blog article about our work to embrace Makaton within the National Union of Students (NUS), and my experiences in relearning Makaton after a 25 year hiatus. I am thrilled to write today’s article, which shows our progress since then...

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    On 06 Nov 2017 / By Simon Blake
    At work