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  • What Makaton means to me

    Alissa and Cath

    I have started to learn a new language. In the past five years, my partner and I have witnessed the mixed emotions and worrying times, of good friends who are bringing up a child with cerebral palsy...

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    On 25 Mar 2014 / By Cath K
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  • My Makaton journey: part 1

    Shona and Michael

    I first heard of Makaton when my son was just a few weeks old – Michael has Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome, ASD and is non verbal. My Makaton journey began in earnest when Michael started school. He was choosing to sign Makaton, so we needed to up our game...

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    On 28 Jan 2014 / By Shona Chambers
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  • Try to imagine being him

    Seth signing

    My son Seth is 22 years old. He has Mitochondrial myopathy, so endures more pain in a day than a soldier. But he does not complain. His social problems, or his problems in relating to society, hinge on the fact that hardly anyone 'speaks' his language. His language is Makaton.

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    On 03 Jan 2014 / By Sol J
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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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Makaton opened doors

    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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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