Makaton Lessons Are A Huge Hit

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Makaton Lessons Are A Huge Hit

22 Apr 2024 | Category: News

The Makaton courses organised and run by residents, for residents, have proved such a success that plans are underway for them to continue.

More than a dozen of the Trust family together with staff took part in the two lessons and all have completed the first four stages of the communication tool. They all had so much fun that they’ve asked to learn the other stages.

The events began as the latest organised by one of our Residents, Rosa, who likes to bring the Trust together on a regular basis. For this one she teamed up with Maura – a Makaton expert – to help  the Trust family expand their vocabulary.

Maura has been using the language programme since she was young: “My uncle taught me, it’s very important. I am glad to be able to help others learn .” She said.

Rosa agreed on the importance of Makaton, but added: “I like it when everyone is together, it stops people being lonely too. I like to do the get-togethers.”

Makaton is designed for individuals who have cognitive impairments, autism, Down syndrome, specific language impairment, multisensory impairment and acquired neurological disorders that have negatively affected the ability to communicate.

It is taught through a combination of speech, signs, and graphic symbols used concurrently, or, only with speech with signs, or, only with speech with graphic symbols as appropriate for the student’s needs.

There are approximately 450 words in the core vocabulary taught in eight stages and residents and tenants will now be moving on to them.

Each resident and staff member received a certificate for completing the first four stages (pictured below) while Maura and Rosa were given special awards for leading the lessons.




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