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  • 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
  • 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