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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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  • 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
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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
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  • 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
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  • Why Makaton is 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Miles, Makaton and Me

    A black & white photo of Miles clapping

    When Miles was born, I felt very lucky and deliriously happy. All that changed when I realised my baby had Down's syndrome.  We stayed in hospital for one week because I was too scared to go home.  Even though my grief was overwhelming I felt a strong need to learn, to get involved and to do...

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    On 20 Mar 2012 / By Tracy Upton
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  • A bright future

    Ryan in a Wales rugby shirt

    My grandson Ryan, aged 3 years 9 months, has Down's syndrome. Everyone who knows Ryan has said he is coming on a lot quicker now that we are all doing Makaton. Ryan is very bright as he connects things that you would not expect any child to do at his age...

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    On 29 Feb 2012 / By Grace W
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