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Helen Adams - Makaton Tutor

  Speech and Language Therapist



About me

I have been a Makaton Tutor since 1987 when I worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in North Derbyshire with children and adults with learning difficulties.   More recently as a Sure Start Speech and Language Therapist I have been promoting the use of Makaton with all pre-school age children within children's centres.

I have experience of training professionals, workers and carers (including family members) who support children or adults with speech, language or communication delay or disorder due to; general learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorders, sensory impairment, articulation or speech difficulties including dyspraxia, specific language impairment, challenging behaviour, non-English speakers, stroke, dementia.

Following on from the success of C Beebies' Mr Tumble I also regularly run sessions for early years settings as there are so many benefits from gesturing/signing alongside speaking to all young children in terms of helping them concentrate, understand better and learn language.  I am also a Makaton Signing for Babies Tutor.

I run Taster sessions for undergraduate primary school teachers and regularly attract students from a variety of professions on the Foundation workshop.

I have been a practising Speech and Language Therapist for over 17 years.   I am a practising member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and am registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Private Practice ( ASLTIP) see

I have a first degree in Speech Therapy from London University (1983) and a Masters degree from the University of Manchester (2008) based on research into the impact of parent-child interaction on children’s language development.


Helen Adams - BSc MPhil MRCSLT - Speech and Language Therapist

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