What is Makaton and why is it useful at special needs schools?

We are often on the lookout for candidates who can use Makaton, but what is it? Where can you find Makaton training courses? And why is it so useful in many of the schools we work with? Find out here.

Axics are proud to offer a CPD course on non-verbal communication which includes an introduction to Makaton.

What is Makaton?

According to the official Makaton charity:

Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression.

Why not use British Sign Language (BSL)?

British Sign Language is a fantastic system for non-verbal communicators. However, it can be quite complicated and time-consuming to learn. Some of the signs also require a relatively high degree of dexterity or physical accuracy. For these reasons, younger learners or those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) may find the system difficult to master. This is where alternative non-verbal communication programmes like Makaton come in. They offer a more simplified method of communication which offers a fantastic alternative for those for which BSL is unsuitable. They also support those who are partially verbal, or working towards full verbal communication effectively.

Examples of Makaton

There is an official Makaton YouTube channel where you can see loads of examples of this method of communication, as well as videos giving information about the courses available.

We also have some examples of non-verbal communication on our own Axcis YouTube channel – why not take a look?

Makaton Training Courses

Although we offer an introduction to non-verbal communication to our candidates at Axcis, we are not official Makaton Trainers – we simply aim to give information about the system and point people in the right direction if they want to undertake official training. If you want to do a course, the best place to look is on the official Makaton website, where you can find information about Makaton courses running near you.

Makaton Jobs

if you are a Makaton user and are looking for a job where you can utilise your skills, then look no further! At Axcis, we are always on the lookout for staff with this training to work in our partner schools. We are often approached to find Makaton trained staff – so if you might be interested in classroom based work in England or Wales, why not register on the Axcis website today? It’s free and takes just a few minutes. Once you are registered for Makaton Jobs, we will put you in touch with your personal consultant who will discuss your situation in more detail and help to find you a suitable role.

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