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  • 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
  • The Peace Garden

    Detail of the path, showing the Makaton sign for peace

    In April last year we were approached by Aylesford Priory and asked to provide the Makaton Symbol for Peace.  The symbol would be part of a special pavement they were creating at their new Peace Garden. The idea was that the entrance to the garden would have a pavement of peace tiles...

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    On 26 Feb 2013 / By Andy Phipps
    Out and about
  • The relief is immeasurable

    Piper wearing a purple jumper

    Piper is 3½ years old and was referred a year ago for speech therapy following concerns being raised at her lack of words. We're still on the assessment journey to find out if there's an underlying reason for her lack of speech but want to share our Makaton progress so far....

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    On 02 Jan 2013 / By Kerry M
    At home
  • Makaton opened doors for me

    Alex sitting on a grassy bank

    I’m now 29, a fully grown adult with Autism. I am writing this myself and I have Makaton to thank because it was the start of my learning to read and write. Every day I use Makaton...

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    On 28 Nov 2012 / By Alex J
    At home
  • Do we really need Makaton?

    Mia signing flower to Natty

    When Mia was born I knew baby signing was a good idea in theory, but never got any further than buying a book. But when Natty was born with Down's Syndrome and Makaton was suggested, it was a whole new ball game. This time signing was a necessity, wasn't it?

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    On 20 Sep 2012 / By Hayley Goleniowska
    At home
  • A little star

    Ella with her mum and dad

    At 15 months old she signed 'more' - months of perseverance had paid off and two-way communication had begun. At 21 months she continues to do well and her current signs include baby, sorry, hair, phone, no, oops & thank you.

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    On 10 Sep 2012 / By Amy Dunn
    At home
  • Boogie 9000: Makaton Robot

    Two of the robots from the film

    Boogie 9000: Makaton Robot is a short film by students of Beacon Hill Film Project in North Shields that highlights the importance of Makaton. It is about a robot who is sent from his home planet of Beebop to find more Makaton words.

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    On 26 Jul 2012 / By Will S
    Out and about
  • MyChoicePad

    Zoe Peden presenting MyChoicePad to an audience

    I’ve been taking my app, MyChoicePad and a suitcase of iPads on the road, in a bid to to put the app in the hands of those who can really benefit from it so they can make an informed opinion as to who and how it might help.

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    On 25 Jun 2012 / By Zoe Peden
    Out and about
  • Superhero!

    Isaac wearing an elf costume

    Makaton has given Isaac a voice that without it would leave him isolated and frustrated, instead we have a happy, communicative young boy who can communicate many of his needs and feelings to those close to him.

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    On 04 May 2012 / By Ann-Marie S
    At home
  • Makaton is amazing!

    James wearing a blue shirt

    James is 3, he has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and severe language delay. He has started to say a few words and is begining to actually sign! :-) We have had 'where' and 'dog' in signing, and we don't have a dog!

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    On 04 May 2012 / By Annie R
    At home