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About Makaton

"I love the way that Makaton has enabled my son to develop his speech and make him-self understood. It was like a light coming on when he very first used it and was understood."

Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people communicate.

Signs are used, with speech, in spoken word order. Using signs can help people who have no speech or whose speech is unclear.

Symbols can be used to support communication in many different ways. Using symbols can help people who have limited speech and those who cannot, or prefer not to sign.

Many people then drop the signs or symbols naturally at their own pace, as they develop speech. Makaton is highly flexible as it can be personalised to the individual's needs and used at a level suitable for them. It can be used to:

  • share thoughts, choices and emotions
  • label real objects, pictures, photos and places
  • take part in games and songs
  • listen to, read and tell stories
  • create recipes, menus, shopping lists
  • write letters and messages
  • help people find their way around public buildings

Today over 100,000 children and adults, use Makaton symbols and signs, either as their main method of communication or as a way to support speech.

The Makaton Charity is responsible for developing and sharing the Makaton Language Programme.

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