Makaton signing is part of our daily practice at Watcombe. We are lucky enough to have to a number of Makaton trained staff and pride ourselves on being ‘Makaton friendly’. If you are unsure on what Makaton signing is here is a brief explanation.
‘Most communication is through speaking to others. However, some people have difficulty with using speech and they need to use different ways to communicate, like using Makaton symbols and signs.
When we speak, we often use extra tools to help the person we are communicating with understand what we are saying. For example, if we are asked for directions, we might point (gesture) or draw a picture. These are clues to help provide more information.
Makaton uses speech with signs (gestures) and symbols (pictures) to help people communicate. We also use facial expression, eye contact and body language to give as much information as possible’.
Staff are bringing back the ‘sign of the week’ in the 2-3’s room so keep an eye out in the room or feel free to ask staff what this may be, this will be starting next week.
The Nursery Team