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Makaton workshops for Parents - Children's Speech and Language Therapy


What is Makaton?

Makaton is a language programme based on a selected list of everyday words, used with children, young people and adults around the world.

Makaton uses speech, signing and symbols to support the development of communication and language skills.

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.

Using Makaton to communicate with your child can reduce frustration and help you to understand your child's needs.

Where can you learn Makaton? 

Parents and carers:  

Parent 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 Makaton Workshops

Beginners Workshops are run in the Autumn term and the Spring term.

The Beginner course provides a practical introduction, with tips and discussions to help parents start using Makaton in everyday situations at home.

Linden Children's Centre - Makaton Beginner course dates 2019:

Date: Wednesdays 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th March 

Time: 9.30-12.30

Booking: To book your place 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: 020 7683 4262

or e-mail: 

A crèche will be available but places are limited. Please enquire to book a place as soon as possible. 

Follow up Makaton courses

A Follow Up course is run in the Summer term, for parents who have completed the first course and want to learn more signs and share ideas about using Makaton with their child.

Linden Children's Centre - Makaton follow up course dates: TBC

All the courses run over 4 half-day sessions usually mornings once a week.

Times: 9.30-12.30

 Find out more: Children's Centres in Hackney

Record Last Updated on: 01/03/2019

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Contact the Speech and Language Therapy Admin team to tell them you would like to come on this course. 

Phone: 020 7683 4587

Or you can e-mail:

Note: Other family members or people spending significant amounts of time with a child who has communication needs may also be able to attend this course e.g. Grandparents or Childminders. 

Find out more: Makaton - Beginners course March 2019 - self-referral information 

What to do if you have a complaint

Complaints can be made to a clinician or manager in the service or alternatively through the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).

The service can be contacted on 020 8510 7315 or

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