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Makaton Foundation Workshop for Professionals

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This event will take place between 9:00am and 4:00pm on 07/05/2019 until 08/05/2019.


The Foundation Workshop provides a detailed introduction to Makaton and combines a practical approach with theory and technical information.

Lectures cover research into sign and symbol use, symbol design themes, the use and purpose of Makaton and an overview of alternative systems of communication.  You will learn the signs and symbols for Stages 1-4 and Additional of the Core Vocabulary.


The Foundation Workshop is made up of 4 modules which can be delivered in a number of different ways, for example:

  • over 2 days
  • 4 x 3hr sessions delivered over a number of weeks

Entry criteria

Participants must have an understanding of early communication skills.

Study materials

You will receive four workshop manuals, Pocket Book of Signs 1 and Pocket Book of Symbols 1.

You will also be given a certificate of attendance.  Please remember to keep your Foundation Workshop certificate in case you want to attend further Makaton training.

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