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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Evie's story

    This is Evie. She's 8 years old, has Down's syndrome and sensory processing disorder. Evie’s speech and language are developmentally delayed. No surprise there. What I didn’t realise is the benefit Makaton signing would have on our lives.

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    On 06 Feb 2017 / By Kirsty E
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  • Makaton is such a gift

    Jacob Devine eating toast while sitting outside

    Makaton is such a gift. A gift to feel heard, understood, valued, important, to enable everyone to become themselves. Give Makaton a try, find a training course, and encourage all people who come into contact with your child to take part too...

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    On 29 Jun 2015 / By Wendy Devine
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  • My Makaton teacher!

    jacqui with her son, at a picniv

    We learned Makaton when he was younger but I didn’t think it would continue to be useful. I thought ‘well he has some language so to keep signing would be holding him back’. I was completely wrong of course: I am still learning new signs and still using Makaton in all sorts of situations...

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    On 29 Jan 2015 / By Jacqui S
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  • Mathew and Makaton

    Jill and Mathew

    Whenever I get irritated by his constant barrage of questions...  I remind myself about the years I waited to hear him say "Mummy" and "I love you" and I'm thankful that we managed to break through the barriers... I'm positive we have Makaton to thank for that!

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    On 09 Jan 2015 / By Jill M-M
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  • My Makaton journey: part 3

    In her third blog, Shona Chambers, North East Parent Adviser for Contact a Family and a Makaton Regional Tutor, tells us how her son Michael is progressing...

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    On 24 Sep 2014 / By Shona Chambers
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