Event Details


121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN


3 September 2020 09:30 - 16:30


Ticket: £190.00 (This course is eligible for Study Leave and FFY CMD)

About the Event

Over two days (3rd September and 29th September 2020) of training led by a licensed Makaton Trainer, participants will complete Levels 1 and 2 Makaton Training. Participants will learn the core vocabulary comprising 258 signs and have practice at putting the signs into sentences, including a number of church based and religious signs able to be utilised in ministry.

These certified Makaton workshops provide a practical, fun and informative workshop in which participants learn ;

• What it might feel like not to be able to speak and be understood,

• What Makaton is

• Where the signs come from?

• How to use these signs when speaking to others

• How to read the signs that other people might be using to communicate to them

• Possible uses of symbols to help communicate

• Information on how to implement Makaton and personalise it for each individual user.

What’s included?

• Two certified Makaton Courses (3rd September and 29th September 2020 – both days must be attended)

• Level 1 and Level 2 Workshop Manuals

• Core Vocabulary Signs Book

• Core Vocabulary Video USB Stick (containing video tutorials for Core Vocabulary Signs)

• Lunch and refreshments

What is Makaton?

Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression.

Being able to communicate is one of the most important skills we need in life. Almost everything we do involves communication; everyday tasks such as learning at school, asking for food and drink, sorting out problems, making friends and having fun. These all rely on our ability to communicate with each other.

With Makaton, signs are used, with speech, in spoken word order. This helps provide extra clues about what someone is saying. Using signs can help people who have no speech or whose speech is unclear. Using symbols can help people who have limited speech and those who cannot, or prefer not to sign.

For those who have experienced the frustration of being unable to communicate meaningfully or effectively, Makaton really can help. Makaton takes away that frustration and enables individuals to connect with other people and the world around them. This opens up all kinds of possibilities.

Makaton is extremely flexible as it can be personalised to an individual’s needs and used at a level suitable for them.

Today over 100,000 children and adults, use Makaton symbols and signs. Most people start using Makaton as children then naturally stop using the signs and symbols as they no longer need them. However, some people will need to use Makaton for their whole lives.

This event is Study Leave and FFY CMD pre-approved and the usual discount codes apply.

Should you require any further information, please contact ascend@churchofscotland.org.uk.