Makaton can help children :
- Communicating what they want, think or how they feel
- Making themselves understood
- Paying attention
- Listening to and understanding speech
- Remembering sequencing
The use of Makaton signing is becoming more commonplace in pre-school and Early Years settings as a way of helping young children develop their communication skills.
Makaton is a visual way to develop communication skills, which helps stimulate sounds and words. This visual way of communicating in turn helps to encourage language development, i.e. putting words together. Makaton helps understanding, giving the child or adult an extra visual clue.
Makaton signs help convey meaning, because the signs give an extra clue when speaking, for example ‘Hello’ and ‘Drink’. The signs used in Makaton are from British Sign Language (BSL), which is the language of the deaf community in Britain.
Makaton symbols help learning. A Makaton symbol is a simple black and white drawing that shows the meaning of a word. Symbols are lasting and permanent. Symbols give a child or adult more time to take in information.