Blog

  • My Makaton mission

    I have always had a passion for signed communication, having grown up with friends who were deaf or had communication difficulties even as a child I made it my goal to communicate with them as effectively as I could...

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    On 04 Jul 2017 / By Carl Walshe
    At work
  • How our Makaton journey began

    Leon in a ball pit

    Leon, 5, is on the autism spectrum: he's non verbal but can sing songs word for word. "I'm so proud of how much Leon has achieved in a short space of time. He's taught me that anything is possible because Makaton has opened a door for him to communicate."

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    On 06 Jun 2017 / By Zoe O
    At home
  • Laurel Way Playgroup

    Laurel Way Playgroup is a long established Makaton Friendly nursery in Barnet, rated outstanding by Ofsted.  We are very inclusive with children from the ages of two to four years attending from a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures and with additional needs... 

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    On 06 Jun 2017 / By LWP
    At school
  • Shooting Star Chase

    Shooting Star Chase is a leading children’s hospice... Earlier this year we were thrilled to be awarded our Makaton Friendly status - and we want to share our journey to becoming Makaton Friendly with you...

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    On 09 May 2017 / By Deborah Green
    At work
  • Cann Bridge School Choir

    Cann Bridge School Choir

    [We're] always so proud of what our pupils achieve. Each rehearsal and performance really is an emotional experience...

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    On 09 May 2017 / By Courtney Lobban
    At school
  • Signs of Life

    Jenson sitting on a toy motorbike

    And then, our first Makaton epiphany... on the introduction of Singing Hands into our lives, he was sitting mesmerised for the entire 45 minute DVDs! It was as if these songs and scenes had accessed a new area of his brain...

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    On 24 Apr 2017 / By Emily S
    At home
  • Amanda's Makaton journey

    Amanda's daughter Alice when she was a baby

    Alice was 5 days old when she was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome. This started her mother, Amanda Glennon, on a journey of discovery that culminated in her becoming a Makaton Tutor. Watch Amanda’s inspiring video blog...

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    On 03 Apr 2017 / By Amanda Glennon
    At home
  • Mare and Foal Sanctuary

    The Mare and Foal Sanctuary rescues neglected, unwanted or abused horses and, when possible, rehabilitates, retrains and eventually rehomes them into loving, knowledgeable environments...

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    On 03 Apr 2017 / By Kerrie L
    Out and about
  • The Willow Tree Centre

    The Makaton Friendly Willow Tree Centre provides a safe and stimulating working environment for students and all staff ensure students experience a rich and exciting curriculum tailored to their specific needs...

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    On 03 Apr 2017 / By Tom James
    At work
  • Makaton helped David find his voice

    David uses Makaton and will often vocalise some syllables of the words he is trying to communicate. Without Makaton it would be extremely difficult for anyone to understand what he was saying. But trust me, my son has a voice.

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    On 03 Mar 2017 / By Ann
    At home