Courses for Professionals and Parents


Makaton – Course Lead: Regional Trainers

Lorraine Bennett & Nikki Dalton

Course summary: Makaton Foundation course

An accredited 2 day course run by a licenced Makaton trainer for professionals to learn and use signs and symbols to develop the communication skills of a wide range of Makaton users in a variety of settings.   The course combines a practical approach with theory and technical information.

Course aims:

To understand research into sign and symbol use, symbol design themes, the use and purpose of Makaton and an overview of alternative systems of communication.

To learn the signs and symbols for Stages 1-4 and additional of the core vocabulary.

The Foundation workshop certificate will allow you to attend further accredited Makaton training such as the Makaton enhancement Course.

Course summary: Makaton Enhancement course

An accredited 3 day course run by a licenced Makaton trainer for professionals to extend their vocabulary, knowledge of theory and use of Makaton signs and symbols with special learners.  Participants must have attended and passed the Makaton foundation stage and able to verify this certification.

Course aims

To extend participants knowledge and breadth of Makaton vocabulary through revisions of stages 1-4 and the addition of stages 5-8.

To gain a deeper understanding of how and why Makaton works and the ways it can be used in different settings to meet a range of needs.

Practitioners who have passed the enhancement Makaton course are eligible to continue their student to become a makaton local or Regional tutor.

Cost (out of borough establishments):

£200 Foundation Makaton 2 day course – per person       £300 Enhancement Makaton 3 day – per person


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