Sophie very kindly offered to help out with writing some posts on NHM. Below she shares some details about Makaton. Hope you find it useful. Thanks Sophie, great post!
When we walk past the park Lucy, my 14 month old, makes L shapes with her index fingers and thumbs and shakes them, this is her sign for swings. I don’t know where it came from she just started doing it one day and then did it again when we were looking at a picture of a park. Now she does it every time we pass the park on the way back from taking her big brother to school. And then in the afternoon, when I say “It’s time to pick up Oscar” Lucy immediately rubs her knuckles together; this is the sign for brother (we picked that one up from a Makaton sign language library book). So with our swimming lessons finished for the summer I thought I would look into Makaton courses and see if it would help us communicate even better until she finds her voice, which I don’t think will be that long.
Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support and encourage spoken language. The signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order. With Makaton, children and adults can communicate straight away using signs and symbols. Many people then drop the signs or symbols naturally as their little ones develop speech. Makaton is extremely flexible as it can be personalised to an individual’s needs and used at a level suitable for them.
Many of the Sure Start/Action for Children centres do Baby Sing and Sign sessions which are centred around the Makaton programme.
Pebbles Children’s Centre – Tel: 01256 357028.
- Story, Song & Sign – Monday 11.00am – 12.00pm.
- Drop In/no need to book
The Courtyard Children’s Centre – Tel: 01256 843955
- Baby Signing – Tuesday 10.00am – 11.00am.
- Small cost applies – Must be booked in advance
Honeycomb Children’s Centre – Tel: 01256 331574
- Sing, Song & Sign for Baby – Friday 10.00am – 11.00am – 6 week course from 15 June
- Ridgeway Centre, Buckskin – Pre-book your place – £12 per child
Buttercups Children’s Centre – Tel: 01256 812615
- Sing, sign and rhyme time – Friday 10.15am – 11.00am
- Please call to book a space
For more information you can visit the Makaton Charity website HERE.
You can also see Makaton signing in action thanks to Something Special, a programme on the cbeebies channel and it’s supporting section on the BBC website HERE.