Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression.
Being able to communicate is one of the most important skills we need in life. Almost everything we do involves communication; everyday tasks such as learning at school, asking for food and drink, sorting out problems, making friends and having fun. These all rely on our ability to communicate with each other.
With Makaton, signs are used, with speech, in spoken word order. This helps provide extra clues about what someone is saying. Using signs can help people who have no speech or whose speech is unclear.
Words of the Week
We promote the use of Makaton with all our staff and hope that our families will use it too. To help, we have created a resource bank of Words of the Week. Many are core vocabulary words that are generally helpful, but sometimes there are enrichment lists that link to specific events or festivals. We hope you enjoy learning and using Makaton too.