What is Makaton?
Makaton is a language programme based on a selected list of everyday words which uses gestures and actions alongside speech and symbols or pictures.
Makaton is used with children, young people and adults around the world to support the development of communication and language skills.
Many of us know Makaton from Mr Tumble.
Why use Makaton?
We all hope that our children will be able to talk to us, but for some children with communication needs this can be more difficult Makaton can help.
For many children, Makaton can help support the development of their ability to understand and express themselves.
Using Makaton to communicate with your child can reduce frustration and help you to understand your child's needs.
What will happen on the course?
On this course, you will learn over 200 signs and symbols and ways in which you can use these at home to help your child. You will also get the chance to meet and share ideas and experiences with other parents.
The Beginner course provides a practical introduction, with tips and discussions to help parents start using Makaton in everyday situations at home.
How long is the course?
The course consists of 4 sessions of 3 hours each. You need to be able to attend all four online sessions. You will receive manuals and a certificate from Makaton Charity, for this accredited Parent Workshop.
Who is the course for?
The course is for parents and carers of children or young people who will benefit from using Makaton to develop their communication. Your child may have additional needs or a communication difficulty and be known to services at the Hackney Ark or Portage.
Where can you learn Makaton?
Parent-carers Makaton training courses are run 3 times a year, for parents who have a child known to the Speech and Language Therapy service who would benefit.
The courses are accredited by the Makaton Charity and parents who complete the course will receive course books and a certificate.
Beginners Workshops are run in the Autumn term and the Spring term.
Each Beginners course will cover the updated Makaton Level 1 and Level 2 training.
During COVID restriction the Makaton for Parents - beginners workshops have moved online.
- Dates for Spring 2021 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th March
- Time: 9:30am - 12:30 pm
- Venue: Online (details and workshop link will be shared when you book)
What do I need to do next?
You will need to contact the Speech and Language Therapy Admin team to tell
them you would like to come on this course.
Please call them on 020 7683 4262
email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Please book your place as soon as possible, as places are limited.
If you have any further questions, or have additional requirements please call us on 020
7683 4262 or discuss them with your link Speech and Language Therapist.
Unfortunately the course is not suitable for parents who need an advocate to access it. These parents are encouraged to get in touch with the Speech and Language Therapy service to discuss and arrange support introducing more Makaton to their family.
Record Last Updated on: 18/11/2020