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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Certificate in Makaton Level 1 & 2

Makaton is language programme that uses signs and symbols alongside speech to support understanding and expressive skills for people with communication difficulties. It was originally aimed at people with an intellectual disability and is now used widely in the UK with people with a range of communication difficulties as well as to support language development in very young children. These 2 days are a practical introduction to Makaton. Participants will learn signs & symbols from Stages 1 to 4 and the additional stage from the Core Vocabulary. There is discussion around what Makaton is, commonly asked questions, hints and tips for effective signing and symbol use, and how to start using Makaton in everyday situations at home or at work. With lots of practical exercises, the aim is for participants to leave feeling confident to use signs and symbols in a functional way in their home or at work.

Dates:14 and 15 Jun 2021 (Mon and Tue)
Time:9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue:Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.
317 Outram Road
Singapore 169075
Speaker: Naomi Pearson

Naomi qualified as a speech and language therapist in 2000. She has worked in a variety of settings including adult intellectual disability community teams, special schools for children with autism and intellectual disabilities, before moving to independent practice. She qualified as a Makaton Tutor in 2004 and has been a trainer in Makaton since then. She currently works for Alex Kelly as the Service Development Director for Speaking Space Ltd, but also is a trainer for the company in social skills, autism, challenging behaviour and Makaton.

Course Outline

Level 1:
Module 1 (am)
Practical activities:

  • A practical introduction to communication difficulties
  • Learn stage 1 signs and symbols
  • Learn about sign production techniques and key word signing
  • Signing for comprehension and expression: developing signing skills

Lecture / Discussion sessions:

  • An introduction to the Makaton Language Programme
  • The relationship between Makaton and different signing systems
  • Information about the three formal levels of Makaton use
  • Multi-modal communication: Information about common terminology used

Module 2 (pm)
Practical activities:

  • Learn stage 2 signs and symbols
  • Learn some of the additional stage signs and symbols
  • Use of signs and symbols in daily living activities
  • Sign and symbol revision

Lecture / Discussion sessions:

  • How are symbols used: An introduction to Makaton symbols

Level 2:
Module 3 (am)
Practical activities:

  • Sign and symbol revision
  • Learn stage 3 signs and symbols
  • Symbol design themes: Learn about the themes in Makaton symbols and gain confidence in drawing them
  • Practice using signs in sentences

Lecture / Discussion sessions:

  • Research support for sign and symbol use
  • Frequently asked questions about Makaton

Module 4 (pm)
Practical activities:

  • Learn stage 4 signs and symbols plus the remainder of the additional vocabulary
  • Practice using signs and symbols from stages 3, 4 and additional vocabulary
  • Practical Application of using Makaton
  • Sequencing events

Lecture / Discussion sessions:

  • Teaching procedures: How to get started using signs and symbols
  • How to develop skills further / Action plan
Course Objectives

Participants will learn:

  • What Makaton is and how it used in the UK and worldwide
  • The signs and symbols from stages 1-4 and the additional stage of the core vocabulary
  • Sign production techniques and visual communication
  • Makaton’s place in the signing world
  • To use signs and symbols with confidence
  • Relevant research sources
  • Practical tips to start using signs and symbols, to individualise vocabulary, start teaching and to develop functional use of signs and symbols
  • How to develop their skills further
Who Can Benefit?

This course is suitable for professionals, parents and carers who need to use Makaton at home and / or in their work.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)/pax/seminar
31 Mar 2021 900
Normal Till Full 1,000