Makaton

Makaton is now available online through Zoom please contact me for details.

I offer a range of Makaton sessions to suit everyone’s needs and knowledge. Workshops are a great way to learn alongside other people sharing and learning from each others experiences.

Taster Session
Taster sessions can be a great way to find out more about Makaton and help you decide if you want to attend further workshops. This is a 3 hour session which will give you a general introduction learning some signs and symbols and help you decide what further training you may wish to take. This is a fun and interactive session allowing everyone to partake and learn together. A certificate of attendance will be achieved on completion of the workshop giving you access to further courses.

Level 1
This can be for parents, family members, carers and workers who need to use Makaton in their home or work place. This workshop Is made up of 2 modules and can be run over 1 days or 2 evening/short day time sessions. You will cover stages 1-2 plus additional signs and symbols from the core vocabulary. This is a practical and interactive session providing you with the skills and knowledge to use Makaton in your home and work place. A certificate of attendance will be achieved on completion of the workshop giving you access to further courses.

Level 2
This can be for parents, family members, carers and workers who need to use Makaton in their home or work place. This workshop is the next level from workshop following Level 1 and is made up of 2 modules and can be run over 1 days or 2 evening/short day time sessions. You will cover stages 3-4 plus additional signs and symbols from the core vocabulary. This is a practical and interactive session providing you with the skills and knowledge to use Makaton in your home and work place. A certificate of attendance will be achieved on completion of the workshop giving you access to further courses.

Follow Up Workshop
This workshop reviews the signs and symbols you learnt at the Level 1 and 2 workshops followed by learning the signs and symbols from stages 5-8 of the core vocabulary. It is an informative and informal workshop with a variety of fun methods to recap and increase your knowledge of Makaton. A certificate of attendance will be achieved on completion of the workshop giving you access to further courses.

Safeguarding
This workshop is designed for practitioners and carers who have , as a minimum, attended a beginners /Foundation or Level 1 and 2 workshops. It is a 2 day or 4 half day/evening workshop made up of 4 modules. The learning outcomes are:

  • explain makaton approaches to safeguarding and describe how they link with their existing safeguarding practice
  • demonstrate and understanding of the range of people Makaton users could come into contact with at different ages and stages in life
  • demonstrate how Makaton can be personalised and used at different levels of complexity to meet individual needs
  • identify vocabulary required by a Makaton user and be able to apply the principles of this analysis to the users own setting
  • demonstrate an accurate recall and production of signs and recognition of Makaton symbols
  • demonstrate an understanding of the difference between comments and questions and an appreciation of how to maintain an interaction with a Makaton user
  • describe strategies or methods appropriate to use with a Makaton user to help them understand and use vocabulary or concepts
  • develop a @Safeguarding through Makaton' plan for implementation in their own setting


Makaton Signing For Babies
This course is for parents, family members, carers who would like to sign with their babies or children in their care and have no previous experience in Makaton, or have a very little and would like to start learning again. These sessions are an opportunity for you and your child to have fun and learn together. Signing while speaking has been shown to encourage the development of communication and language skills. It can help to reduce frustration and help you understand your child’s needs and wants. Makaton for babies is provided as a set of 6 one hour sessions for you and your baby. Together you will learn up to 100 signs and have fun practising them in songs, games and activities.
You will receive a Makaton for babies pocket book which has the signs and symbols you have learned during the session. You will also receive a certificate of attendance.

Home Visits
For some families supporting a child with communication difficulties you may prefer Makaton sessions in your own home for the family to learn together. This allows parents, siblings, grandparents and other important people in your child’s life to support each other. As each families needs will be different I can work with you to plan how many sessions and over how long you will need to learn the appropriate signs and symbols.

Group training
If you manage a childcare setting, a care or nursing home and would like me to bring training to you then please contact me. I can work with you to provide the training that will suit your groups needs.

If you are interested in any of these sessions please contact me for details of venues and costs.
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