Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.
All children develop differently and we use Makaton to help them communicate. Makaton is a valuable tool and is used across our school. It is helpful for children who may struggle with speech and language development, however it is not limited to this area and has been proved ot be beneficial for all children. All of our staff have had Makaton training and use it alongside speech to help communication.
Makaton is not used instead of speech and children and adults who use Makaton have been shown to acquire language more quickly and securely.
Shazma uploads a Sign of The Week video to Tapestry for all children weekly. Please check it out and maybe upload a video of your own to show us how you practise the signs at home!
If you would like to learn more about Makaton or to do some Makaton training, take a look at the website below: