Cherry Oak School has their own Regional Makaton Tutor Regional Makaton Tutor- Claire Kings Claire holds regular parent Makaton sessions where parents are invited to come into school to take part and learn some essential signs from the Makaton Core Vocabulary which will enable them to communicate with their child. What is Makaton? Almost everything we do involves communication; everyday tasks such as learning at school, asking for food and drink, sorting out problems, making friends and having fun. These all rely on our ability to communicate with each other. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order. Many people then drop the signs or symbols naturally at their own pace, as they develop speech.
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It contains vocabulary essential to everyday life. It is organised in Stages with early Stages containing signs and symbols for immediate needs like drink, eat and home.
Later Stages contain vocabulary for more abstract concepts like time and emotions. Being able to communicate is one of the most important skills we need in life.
Almost everything we do involves communication; everyday tasks such as learning at school, asking for food and drink, sorting out problems, making friends and having fun. These all rely on our ability to communicate with each other. For those who have experienced the frustration of being unable to communicate meaningfully or effectively, Makaton really can help.
Makaton takes away that frustration and enables individuals to connect with other people and the world around them. This opens up all kinds of possibilities. Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.
This helps provide extra clues about what someone is saying. Using signs can help people who have no speech or whose speech is unclear.
Using symbols can help people who have limited speech and those who cannot, or prefer not to sign. Most people start using Makaton as children then naturally stop using the signs and symbols as they no longer need them.
However, some people will need to use Makaton for their whole lives. Makaton is designed to help hearing people with learning or communication difficulties. It uses signs and symbols, with speech, in spoken word order. BSL is the language of the deaf community in the UK. It is a naturally evolving language, with its own grammar, word order and has regional variations.
Wherever Makaton is used in the world, the signs from the sign language of that country are used. Our sign advisors select signs that look like a word and are easy to make. Once a sign is selected to be used with Makaton this becomes the sign that is used across the whole country. This means that if a Makaton user needs to move to another school or town, the signs used there will be the same as they use in their current location.
The other book in the series is Core Vocabulary: Symbols.
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