All the resources below will be available exclusively as part of the Special iApps Membership very soon. To celebrate our new partnership with Makaton, until May 31st you can get 50% off a Special iApps Membership with the code: MAKATONMAY50.
What is Makaton?
Makaton is a unique language programme which uses signs, speech and symbols together to support communication and spoken language. As language develops, new signs and symbols are added. Makaton's use has evolved over the years to support people of all ages in a variety of ways to improve their communication, education and everyday life. Over 100,000 children and adults use Makaton daily as it can be tailored to the individual’s needs by using a mix of speech, signs and symbols.
Makaton is increasingly being used in Early Years education to encourage any child to develop their communication skills and comprehension, meaning it is not exclusive for those with communication problems or learning difficulties. It allows very young children to use gestures to communicate, reducing their frustrations before they go on to develop language skills, as well as children with English as an Additional Language(EAL).
Many children watch Mr Tumble in Something Special on CBeebies as well as Singing Hands which are fun ways to learn Makaton. There are many resources available both on the Makaton website and in books, apps, and free downloadable resources. Makaton is not just for children, as many adults use signs and symbols throughout their lives.
Makaton Symbols in the Special iApps Membership
The Makaton Symbols are black and white drawings associated with a sign and word or words. Makaton Symbol add-ons will be available to use exclusively as part of the Special iApps Membership. To access them you must have both a paid membership to Special iApps as well as a Makaton Membership.
There are three Makaton Membership types:
The resources will be dependent upon your Makaton Membership level. If you move up from a free to paid membership you will be access more resources and if you move down membership levels you will then have reduced access.
The first phase of Makaton resources will include resources at a one Makaton Symbol and one-word level.