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Makaton symbol for Pumpkin

Sign of the Week

26th October - 1st November 2020

Learn a new word every week and be inspired to get signing.

This week's sign is...

Pumpkin

Are you carving a pumpkin for Halloween?

You can download the symbol and line drawing of the sign for Pumpkin from the Makaton Library.

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Black History Month
26/10/2020

Black History Month

Front pages of Black History Month vocabulary and game downloads

In support of Black History Month we have two free Makaton downloads available from the Makaton Library, in collaboration with Makaton Tutors Nicola Pike and Kris Campbell, a vocabulary download and a matching game.

Front pages of the Black History Month vocabulary and matching game downloads

 
 

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Published

26th October 2020

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Sign & Symbol Downloads
22/09/2020

Sign & Symbol Downloads

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We have been listening to your feedback over the past 3 weeks and it’s wonderful to see so many of you enjoying your access to Makaton Signs and Symbols housed in the NEW Makaton Library. We have also had positive reports of many users gaining support and guidance through the exclusive MakaChat social area.

A common thread of feedback that we received was the desire to download Signs and Symbols within the Makaton Library, on reflection we too think this would be a fabulous addition.

With immediate affect we have introduced the new capability to enable you to download up to 40 signs and symbols per month* to support your Makaton journey – Enjoy!

Not a member yet?  Then you are missing out…..

If you would like to have a 7 day free trial of the new Core Membership, please sign up for a free account  then go to the Membership page . Click the 7 day free trial link and you will have access to over 500 Makaton Signs and Symbols, download options and entry into the Core Member MakaChat discussion group.

* You can download any combination of signs, symbols and PDF files, up to 40 per month. For example: 40 signs; or 20 signs and 20 symbols; or 15 signs, 15 symbols and 10 PDF files etc.

Published

22nd September 2020

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Makaton opens doors
16/09/2020

Makaton opens doors

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I'm Angharad and I'm a Dance Artist based in North Wales. I'm sure you are wondering what a dance artist does? Well, it is a really rewarding and wonderful job. I get to travel across the country, sometimes the world, sharing dance through performing, teaching and choreographing.

I often work within settings where I felt I was lacking in my communication skills with the children and adults I work with. So, during lockdown I seized the opportunity to further develop my skills and attended Makaton Level 1 and Level 2 training with Makaton Tutor Corrine Lloyd.

These last few weeks I have had the absolute pleasure to work at the Theatr Clwyd summer hubs in partnership with Flintshire social services. I’ve been facilitating with a group of wonderful children with varying needs and abilities. 

During our fun-filled days I've been able to put my Makaton training into practice. From the minute the children come into the room Makaton allows us to communicate and allows us to begin to form a relationship. As I begin to sign as I speak, I can see their faces light up as they recognise that I speak Makaton, and we begin to sow those seeds of trust between us. Makaton has allowed us a way to communicate and to establish a relationship built on understanding, something that has been invaluable during this time of relaxation of lockdown, as we are all emerging from months of being within our family bubbles. 

Being able to access the Makaton resources for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt has been fabulous. It is a favourite story of mine to use with children, we have great fun swaying through grass and lavender, splashing with material, and moving through a snowstorm of bubbles. To be able to integrate Makaton signs and symbols easily within the sessions has helped us to find our way together. The story is known to many of the children, which allows us to introduce new experiences of dance within the familiarity of the story, which in turn gives the children confidence to come with us on a movement adventure.

I am grateful to Makaton for opening the doors to effective communication and allowing us to have a great time together this summer, despite all the uncertainty about what the future holds. So much laughter and smiles have been had which have arisen out of the trust built through communication with Makaton.

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Angharad H

16th September 2020

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