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Helen Adams - Makaton Tutor

Speech and Language Therapist




What is Makaton?

Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people communicate. It is designed to support spoken language (both to help understanding and expression) and the signs and symbols are used with speech in spoken word order.
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Makaton Training I can Offer

After looking at the table of training available click on “Current Workshops”  to find out when and where I am running the next workshop for you.

Remember I can also run the workshops at your setting/home or tailor make training sessions around the needs of a particular child/adult.



Who should attend

Taster Session
(1.5 hours)

To provide a general insight into Makaton and who can benefit from its use. To learn approximately 30 signs/symbols and to find out how to access further training if appropriate

Suitable for anyone interested in finding out about Makaton

Level 1 and 2
(2 days or 4 modules)

Level 1 Training provides a practical introduction to the Makaton Language Programme.  Sessions include discussing commonly asked questions, hints and tips for effective signing and symbol use and how to start using Makaton in everyday situations at home or work.  You will also learn the signs and symbols from Stages 1 and 2, and some of the Additional stage, of the Core Vocabulary

Level 2 Training builds on the knowledge you gained in Level 1 training.  You will learn the signs and symbols from Stages 3 and 4, and the rest of the Additional stage, of the Core Vocabulary.

For teaching/professional staff or family members /carers who need a detailed understanding of how to use Makaton in everyday or work  situations.

Level 3 and 4
(2 days or 4 modules)

To further develop signing and translation skills using signs/symbols
To learn Makaton signs/symbols from stages 5 -8 (approx. 200 signs/symbols)

For teachers/professional staff/carers/parents who have attended the Level 1 and 2 Makaton Training workshop

Makaton Signing for Babies - Train the trainer workshop
(1 day)

To familiarise with each session of the Makaton Signing for Babies group.
To assess participants’ knowledge of Makaton, signing skills and ability to deliver the Makaton Signing for Babies group sessions.

Potential trainers must first complete the Level 1 and 2 Makaton workshop. They must also attend a six week Makaton Signing for Babies group.

Makaton Safeguarding
(2 days)

To build on existing knowledge of Makaton and embed within a Safeguarding framework.
To learn topic specific vocabulary.
To develop skills to support a child’s/adult’s understanding and expression to safeguard themselves and communicate their experiences and wishes.

Parents and carers of children and adults with severe communication and/or learning disabilities or professionals who may be involved with Safeguarding issues. Participants MUST have attended the Level 1 and 2 Makaton workshop.



Helen Adams - BSc MPhil MRCSLT - Speech and Language Therapist

Telephone: 0791 7541819           email: