Communicate Speech Therapists Suffolk


About Makaton
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. For those who experience the frustration of being unable to communicate meaningfully or effectively, Makaton really can help. Makaton takes away that frustration and enables individuals to connect with other people and the world around them.

Makaton is extremely flexible as it can be personalised to an individual's needs and used at a level suitable for them. Some of the ways it can be used are:

To share thoughts, choices and emotions 
To label real objects, pictures, photos and places
To take part in games and songs
To listen to, read and tell stories 
To create recipes, menus and shopping lists
To write letters and messages

The Core Vocabulary is the starting point for everyone learning Makaton. When anyone attends Makaton training, it is the Core Vocabulary signs and symbols that are taught and learned.

The Core Vocabulary was developed as a result of careful research. It has the signs and symbols needed for everyday communication. It is organised in Stages with early Stages containing signs and symbols for immediate needs like drink, eat and home. Later Stages contain vocabulary for more abstract concepts like time and emotions.

Once you have learned the Core Vocabulary, you can use other signs and symbols with it. There are over 11,000 extra Makaton symbols and signs in the Resource Vocabulary. This is organised in topics like food and drink.

Level 1:

Level 1 training provides a practical introduction to the Makaton Language Programme.

Sessions include discussing commonly asked questions, hints and tips for effective signing and symbol use and how to start using Makaton in everyday situations at home or work.

You will also learn the signs and symbols from Stages 1 and 2, and some of the Additional stage, of the Core Vocabulary.

Level 2:

You will learn the signs and symbols from Stages 3 and 4, and the rest of the Additional stage, of the Core Vocabulary.

Level 3:

Level 3 training helps you to improve and develop your signing and symbol skills and how to use them effectively every day.

You will revise the signs and symbols you learned in your Level 1 and 2 training, and learn the signs and symbols for Stages 5 and 6 of the Core Vocabulary.

Level 4:

Level 4 training completes the Core Vocabulary.

You will revise the signs and symbols you learned in your Level 1, 2 and 3 training, and learn the signs and symbols for Stages 7 and 8 of the Core Vocabulary.

Each level is made up of two modules and is currently delivered online in sessions of two four hour sessions, four two hour sessions or a full day of training face to face.

 Makaton signing for babies

Makaton Signing for Babies is for parents, family members or carers who would like to sign with babies and children in their care and have no previous experience of Makaton. These sessions are designed for you and your child to have fun and learn together.

Makaton Signing for Babies training is a series of 6 sessions designed to encourage the development of communication and language skills in babies and toddlers. All the sessions are fun and interactive for you and your child. You will learn approximately 100 signs and symbols using songs, games and activities. You will receive a Makaton Signing for Babies Pocket Book which has the signs and symbols you have learned during the sessions. You will also be given a certificate of attendance.

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Dates for your diary


Date Course Fee
16/01/2024 Makaton Level 1: Over four consecutive weeks » £81 (inclusive of course manual)
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