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Makaton Beginners Workshop Two Day

Subject categories: General Health and Social Care, Learning Disabilities

Course overview

This course has been developed to support people who are involved in the lives of children and adults who may need to use alternative communication methods in order to meet the communication needs of an individual they are supporting.
Many people with learning disabilities, difficulties, Autism or another disability that may affect verbal communication, may have been taught Makaton from an early age. If staff are able to communicate using Makaton then this will enable the individuals they are supporting to use their preferred methods of communication.
The Beginners’ Workshop provides a practical introductory workshop for support staff, parents and carers who need to use Makaton in everyday situations.
The use of effective communication systems support individuals to gain confidence and build effective relationships with the people they are supporting.
This course is delivered using a range of methods and resources including:
Case studies, group discussions, small group activities and DVD clips.
This course has been developed and mapped to:
Guidance from The Makaton Charity
And the following QCF unit:
Introduction to Communication in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
This is a two-day workshop divided into four modules:
Modules 1 and 2 can be run as a one day Introduction to Makaton

Course content

Communicating Together: how we communicate without speech and the impact of  non-verbal communication
What is Makaton?
Learn and practice stage 1 of the Makaton vocabulary
Making signs part of communication: using movement, facial expression, placement and directionality
Learn and practice stage 2 plus some additional signs from the Makaton Core Vocabulary
How symbols are used
Conversation using signs and speech
Revise stages 1 and 2 plus additional  vocabulary
Commonly asked questions about Makaton
Learn and practice stage 3
Practical application of symbols to memory and communication
Learn and practice stage 4 of the Makaton Vocabulary
Considerations for using and teaching Makaton with service users
Practice selecting vocabulary according to individual needs
Develop a plan to use Makaton to support an individual in the home or workplace
Learn further additional vocabulary
Practical exercise in using signs and/or symbols to support communication

Learning outcomes

Explain what the Makaton Language Programme is
Explain the link between Makaton and BSL
Describe the ways in which symbols can be used
Identify the research behind using Makaton
Identify how Makaton can support the needs of people with learning and communication difficulties
Recognise single signs made from stages 1,2,3 and 4 of the core vocabulary
Produce single signs from stages 1,2, 3 and 4 of the core vocabulary
Sign short sentences containing 2-3 signs per sentence
Develop a plan for using Makaton in a practical way in the workplace


2 days

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