Makaton is a language support programme that uses signs, symbols and speech to enable people to communicate. It is a flexible programme that can be tailored to individual needs. Using Makaton can really help in giving children, young people and adults a means of communicating and in doing so can reduce frustrations.
The charity has active social media channels that teach different signs every week and a growing library of signs on their YouTube channel.
Mr Tumble on Cbeebies also uses and teaches Makaton in his programme, ‘Something Special.’
If you are interested in learning Makaton, you could attend one of their training workshops (link to charity homepage). One of our members of staff at Ineqe is a also a qualified regional Makaton tutor.
At Ineqe Safeguarding Group, we have created a video using Makaton signs and images to explain the Coronavirus to children and young people. The video supports parents/carers in having a conversation on a difficult topic. The video provides you with all of the facts on what the virus is, how it can spread and what we can ALL do to make everyone safer.