Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order. This helps provide extra clues about what someone is saying. Using signs can help people who have no speech or whose speech is unclear. Whilst using symbols can help people who have limited speech and those who cannot, or prefer not to sign.


Makaton is a very powerful tool for both adults and children who need an alternative way to communicate, or who need support with their speech to help make themselves understood. Makaton is also extremely flexible as it can be personalised to an individual's needs and used at a level suitable for each person.


Emma has been using Makaton for the past 12 years and is now a qualified Makaton Regional Tutor. Emma uses Makaton when teaching dance in a wide range of settings including Specialist schools, Mainstream schools, Nurserys, Parent and toddler groups and when teaching other professionals. This is in addition to delivering Makaton training using the standardised Makaton workshops for parents, carers and professionals.


Please get in touch if you would like training delivered in your setting or if you would like to be first to find out when open training will take place. Workshops in 2019 will be announced soon.