I've been a Makaton Regional Tutor for over thirty two years. I teach a wide range of Makaton workshops and offer communication support in other areas.
Possibly one of the longest serving Makaton tutors ever, it has played a very important part in my personal and professional life over many decades.
I started my journey becoming involved with my local Deaf Community, learning the early stages in British Sign Language, (BSL). Then I found Makaton, and started using it with individuals I was working with in the late 1980s. I saw the incredible difference using Makaton made, the improvement in communication and reduction in anxiety for all.
From there, I became a Makaton Tutor, and my journey sharing my passion began.
I work across the whole of the UK, face to face and online.
I deliver Makaton Taster Sessions and Makaton Workshops: Levels 1-2-3 and 4 (Click the box "Makaton Workshops" for more information).
I can also deliver revision sessions for individuals who have completed previous training. please contact me for details.
Training across a very wide variety of environments, settings and ages over the years. Including Early years, School, Colleges, Universities, workplaces, supermarkets, churches, cafes, buses/taxis, care providers, parents, carers, families and friends.
Designed and co-delivering peer tutoring
Individual assessments and training
Translating songs and documents
Also trained in Talking Mats, experienced in Widgit, Boardmaker, Photosymbols and many other methods of Alternative and Augmentative Communication, (AAC).
Do visit the Makaton Website and my Makaton Resource page to find out more.
From the Makaton Website:
"Today over 100,000 children and adults use Makaton symbols and signs, either as their main method of communication or as a way to support speech.
In addition to children and adults with communication and learning difficulties and the community around them – for example, teachers, health professionals, friends, public service bodies etc. Makaton is increasingly used by the general public to aid communication.
Makaton has been shown to be useful for all sorts of people including those who struggle with understanding concepts, those who have poor literacy skills, including grammatical knowledge, and those with English as an Additional Language. By using Makaton, children and adults can take a more active part in life, because communication and language are the key to everything we do and learn".
Cornwall's first Makaton Christmas Carol event circa early 2000s