Course Profile

Course Profile: Makaton (1 Day)
This workshop provides a comprehensive and enjoyable introduction to working with the Makaton Core Vocabulary. The aim of the course is to familiarise participants with the introductory concepts and the history and development of Makaton. Due to the practical nature of the course and so as to ensure that all learners receive guidance, numbers attending is limited to 12.
The course is tutored by Nigel Reid, a Makaton Regional Tutor with over 20 years teaching experience.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: Core 1.4
Care Certificate: 2.2c, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5
QCF: HSC31; 3029

The course is designed for health and social care in the field of Learning Disabilities. The course can be adapted for work with other adults and children with no verbal communication.
The course will help organisations to deliver CQC Fundamental Standards.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What Makaton is
  • How Makaton started
  • The origins of the signs used in Makaton
  • What is meant by Makaton symbols
  • The range of Makaton symbols
  • How widely used Makaton is
  • Why signs and symbols may be useful when communicating with people with Learning Disabilities
  • The issue of Makaton possibly discouraging speech
  • How signs and symbols might be used in the work place
  • How to communicate key phrases using Makaton
  • How Makaton fits in with other signing systems such as BSL
  • BSL and its alphabet, especially with reference to being able to identify themselves and others in the workplace by using sign names
  • How to use signs and symbols in assessing the needs and wants of service users who use Makaton
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Group work, Handouts, Chalk & Talk; Video examples