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  • Leaps and bounds

    Joshua in a sports shirt

    Joshua really enjoys signing, and his language has come on leaps and bounds. If it was not for Makaton he would still be frustrated trying to be understood.

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    On 04 May 2012 / By Jenny H
    At home
  • Achieving Accreditation

    A pile of Makaton training manuals

    I am amazed at how many different ways Makaton crops up! One major part of my life as a Makaton Tutor is helping groups of participants to achieve Open College Network (OCN) Accreditation as they learn about the Makaton language programme.

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    On 04 May 2012 / By Dot R
    At work
  • Portesbery School

    A teacher helps a boy pupil with his PECS symbols

    We encourage parents to attend our courses and one parent commented that her daughters face lit up to realise that Mum was speaking her language and she was then able to show her Mum some signs!

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    On 23 Mar 2012 / By Clare P
    At school
  • It’s a way of life

    Thank you letter written in Makaton symbols

    Tom wants to go to the corner shop. I find an old receipt in my bag to write his list on. I try to remember the symbols for the three items that we need, Tom goes into the shop and I walk on. I realise that Makaton is littered through my day because it’s a way of life just like talking itself.

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    On 23 Mar 2012 / By Deborah H
    At home
  • Old Park School

    Old Park School in Dudley relocated to its new building in November 2011. Makaton signage was planned into the build project from an early stage. The vision has been to develop a total communication environment both indoor and outdoor.

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    On 20 Mar 2012 / By Jonathan Wiggin
    At school
  • National Sing Up Day

    Children signing at the Sing and Sign Day

    It was a privilege to see children with a cross-section of needs and abilities come together, signing and singing and feeling extremely good about themselves. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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    On 20 Mar 2012 / By Bev C
    Out and about
  • Why Makaton is truly brilliant

    Finn

    At the age of 18 months our small person was using Makaton. Initially I was a bit dubious but the grumpy frustrated little boy instantly changed the minute he could sign biscuit, book and sausages!

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    On 20 Mar 2012 / By Katie K
    At home
  • A little bit of freelance free-flow

    The front seat of Dot's car, filled with Makaton accessories

    I’m sure any other tutors reading this might relate to the remark that the working directly with groups of participants is brilliant fun – and rewarding too. I love meeting people and hearing their stories and becoming a part of their journey for a while.

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    On 20 Mar 2012 / By Dot R
    At work
  • Meaningful relationships

    Jacob on the beach

    Jacob has many friends who all use Makaton and you should see them together. It's one thing that all our family love, to watch. Meaningful relationships, it's something I thought he'd never have and thanks to Makaton he has many close friends who share their love of life together...

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    On 20 Mar 2012 / By Wendy Devine
    At home
  • Insight & inspiration

    Ella signing 'goat' at the farm

    Signing gave me an insight into Ella’s world: her thoughts, her needs, her wants. Without it, our interaction would have been one way. Equipping Ella with the ability to sign allowed her to develop her own expressive language while also developing her receptive language too...

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    On 20 Mar 2012 / By Suzanne Miell-Ingram
    At home