Makaton involves the use of signs, symbols and speech to help children and adults communicate and to aid spoken language. These are used in conjunction with one another to support children who have no speech or those whose speech is unclear.
Makaton is used for a variety of reasons and purposes such as: sharing thoughts and emotions; labeling real objects, pictures, photos and places; taking part in games and songs; listening to, reading and telling stories; creating recipes, menus and shopping lists; writing letters and messages; and helping people find their way around public buildings.
How can Makaton help?
Makaton can help many adults and children to express themselves and their feelings. For example, they are able to communicate what they want, think or how they feel and make themselves understood. It also helps children to listen to and understanding speech.
Makaton helps children to improve their communication skills and make sure their opinions are expressed. It also encourages children to develop their language skills by putting words together.
Makaton symbols help learning. They are a simple black and white drawing which shows the meaning of a word. The symbols allow children more time to take in the information and process it.
The Makaton charity provides parents, carers, and professionals with the training they need to support children and adults who struggle to talk. They also develop and produce educational resources such as vocabulary books for children to extend their knowledge. Additionally, they give advice and support to families on how to help the child or adult cope and how to cope themselves.
The Makaton Charity ensures that those with learning or communication difficulties have the tools and resources they need to express themselves and communicate effectively.