Are you looking for a cost-effective way to improve your staff’s communication skills with individuals who have communication difficulties? Our in-house Makaton training offers face-to-face workshops designed to give your staff the skills they need to make a meaningful difference. We cover the Surrey, London, and the South East regions, and can deliver all Makaton workshops at your venue. Don't hesitate to contact us today to enquire about our services and to find out how we can help you and your team make a positive change.
Makaton Taster Session
A 2 hour course designed to get participants interested in learning more. This course teaches 40 signs and symbols and participants have an opportunity to practice their new skills. This course can be made bespoke to include up to 12 signs and symbols that are useful to your setting. This course can be delivered online to up to 15 participants or face to face to up to 20 participants.
Makaton Levels 1-4
These levels all come as 1 day courses and work their way through the Makaton core vocabulary. Participants will learn up to 450 signs and symbols, practice using them and watching others use them. These courses are recognised and do not need to be repeated or refreshed annually. The levels replace the old workshops so if you're unsure what level you need, we can help. These courses include practical as well as formal teaching about the Makaton language programme and how to use it. This can be delivered face to face to up to 14 participants.
This 2 day course builds on knowledge from Makaton Level 2. It encourages participants to explore how they would use Makaton with children or adults with communication difficulties who may at some point in there life need to explain a situation to another person or ask for help. Designated Safeguarding Leads and communication champions will find this course very useful, but its also great for anyone working to improve communication. Participants learn lots of new useful signs and symbols from the resource vocabulary such as significant people and places, clothing, body parts and behaviours. Delivered face to face to up to 10 participants
Makaton with singing
This short course teaches participants up to 100 signs and have fun practising with some songs to suit all abilities. Perfect for those working in early years as well as parents, teachers, classroom assistants, and community musicians working with young children. No previous Makaton experience needed. This course can be delivered online to up to 10 participants or face to face to up to 14.
Know and Grow Christian Makaton Workshop
This course teaches participants up to 146 signs and have fun practising with some prayers and songs to suit all abilities. Perfect for those who support or who want to be more inclusive to people with communication difficulties in a Christian faith setting or at home. No previous Makaton experience needed. This course can be delivered to up to 20 participants face to face. (Please note that this course is delivered by a non religious tutor with a passion for making things more inclusive and accessible for people with communication difficulties)
Makaton on the Frontline
A 3 hour course designed to get participants interested in learning more. This course teaches Makaton signs and symbols and participants have an opportunity to practice their new skills. We currently offer the Emergency Services version of this course and the General wellbeing version. This course can be delivered online to up to 10 participants or face to face to up to 14 participants.
Watch my needs with makaton
Designed to be delivered in 1 hour sessions this 5 hour course is designed for people who are experiencing memory loss and their supporters. Studies show that speech will often go before gestures so this course teaches those with the early stages of memory loss and their supporters to communicate some key words using Makaton signs and symbols, with the aim to allow communication for longer.
These are bespoke courses aimed at refreshing and tidying up signs and symbols. Signing is like any other language, if you aren't using it you'll forget it. Often people just need a quick refresh and a confidence boost and they are good to go. We have designed these refreshers to match the Makaton course levels. Participants must have completed the relevant Makaton Level within the last 8 years. Delivered online to up to 15 participants or face to face to up to 20.