Makaton is a sign and symbol language programme used by children and adults with speech language and communication difficulties and those who care for them. It is designed for use to support spoken language, so the signs and symbols are used with speech, and in spoken word order. It is used by more than 100,000 people in over 40 different countries (Devarakonda, 2012).
The Foundation Workshop I'm running is on 10/7/15 and 17/7/15 from 9.00 to 16.00 for a maximum of 15 people. It gives a detailed introduction to Makaton and half of the ‘core’ vocabulary (called stages 1 to 4). The cost of the workshop (£150) includes participant manuals (Modules 1-4), and pocket books of signs and symbols (Stages 1-4 and Additional). There are three subsidised places for current CCCU students costing £30 available on a first-come-first-served basis (this covers the costs of the manuals and pocket books). The venue is Canterbury Christ Church University (North Holmes Road campus) in room Rg04 (Ramsey Building).
I am a qualified Makaton Regional Tutor and an experienced teacher working part-time in a school for children who have learning difficulties, and a part-time senior lecturer in Primary Education at Canterbury Christ Church University.
This short course is designed for professionals like teachers, teaching assistants, speech therapists, care workers etc., but is also suitable for parents or guardians of children and adults with speech, language and communication difficulties. I also run a free two hour ‘Makaton Taster Session’.