If you are interested in Makaton you can attend a Makaton Taster/ Introductory Session  to learn a bit more about it and to get you started with signing.

Once you have decided that you want to know more, Level 1 training is the main starting point for learning Makaton, providing a practical introduction to the Makaton Language Programme

It is recommended for parents, carers, family members, workers or professionals, who may want or need to use it at home or in the workplace.

It is also relevant to those who may need a more detailed knowledge about using and applying Makaton to help develop the communication skills of others.

Level 1 sessions include

  • discussion of commonly asked questions
  • hints and tips for effective signing
  • symbol use
  • using Makaton in everyday situations
  • learning the signs and symbols from Stage 1
  • learning the signs and symbols from Stage 2
  • learning some of the Additional Stage of the Core Vocabulary

How is it delivered?

Level 1 training is made up of 2 x 3 hour Modules ( Module 1 and Module 2). These can be delivered as a whole day training or as two sessions delivered on two separate days.

It is recommended that these separate sessions are no longer than 2 weeks apart if possible.

Study materials

Attendees of Level 1 courses will receive a Workshop Manual. This will include all information and presentations, as well as the Makaton Signs and Symbols that you learn during the course.

At the end of the course you will be given a Certificate of Attendance from the Makaton Charity. Participants are asked to keep it safe as it will be needed if you wish to progress to Level 2 or further Makaton training.