I've been a Makaton Regional Tutor since 1991.
Possibly the longest serving Makaton Tutor across the United Kingdom, possibly the world! Thirty one plus years and counting. Makaton has played a very important part in my personal and professional life.
I have been fortunate to deliver workshops to a very wide variety of awesome individuals over the years, involved in peer tutoring, early years, specialist and mainstream school. Colleges and universities. I’ve also been heavily involved in designing individual and specialist packages, and in the designing and implementing of individual communication and interaction assessments.
I've seen the amazing difference Makaton has made to so many individuals over the decades.
Do visit the Makaton Website to find out more about what Makaton do.
From the Makaton Website:
"Today over 100,000 children and adults use Makaton symbols and signs, either as their main method of communication or as a way to support speech.
In addition to children and adults with communication and learning difficulties and the community around them – for example, teachers, health professionals, friends, public service bodies etc. Makaton is increasingly used by the general public to aid communication.
Makaton has been shown to be useful for all sorts of people including those who struggle with understanding concepts, those who have poor literacy skills, including grammatical knowledge, and those with English as an Additional Language. By using Makaton, children and adults can take a more active part in life, because communication and language are the key to everything we do and learn".
Image Descriptions: Top image of all pages, multi coloured brain, showing neural pathways upon a black background. All pages have a grey background with black text, highlighted boxes with white text to support visual comprehension.
Side images, line drawing, black upon white, showing a hand moving in front of a body, the Makaton sign for hello. Image of the Makaton Logo, Yellow writing with "OK" handshape, upon a white background.