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. Age-appropriate resources are available that support life events and transitions at each stage.
Makaton Symbols in our Plus Editions
The Makaton Symbols are black and white drawings associated with a sign and word or words. Makaton Symbol add-ons are available to use exclusively in our Plus Editions and only if you have both a paid subscription to Special Words Plus as well as a Makaton Membership.
There are three Makaton Membership types:
The resources in Special Words Plus are 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.
This first phase of Makaton resources include resources at a one Makaton Symbol and one-word level. Use the matching activities Special Words Plus to match Makaton Symbols, word and audio.
To view and use Makaton resources in our Plus Editions you need to login to your Makaton Membership to access your key to unlock them. Once unlocked they remain available to use within these apps only if you continue to have both a valid Special iApps subscription as well as valid Makaton Membership. Please refer to our FAQs for more information.
Please note: Makaton resources are currently available for use in the UK only, however there are plans to extend outside the UK.