Imagine, for a moment, a world where you are unable to speak. You have a terrible thirst and are desperate for a drink. How would you let someone know?
Communication for someone with a speech and language delay can be pretty challenging. How do you get your needs met, or participate in social activities if your speech is unclear, or if you have no speech at all? Almost everything we do involves communication to some degree!
Makaton is often thought of as sign language, but is in fact a language programme. Signs (gestures) and symbols (pictures) are used to help adults and children communicate. Makaton uses both signs and symbols in spoken word order to support spoken language and understanding by giving visual clues.
It has a core vocabulary of around 450 concepts and a resource vocabulary that will contain over 11000 concepts when completed.
If you have a need to learn Makaton to communicate with someone in your family, or to support someone in a professional capacity, then please look at the range of training we offer. Further information about Makaton and Makaton training can be found at The Makaton Charity website https://www.makaton.org