As a team we are so aware of the importance of being able to effectively communicate with all our clients, young and old. We also want them to be able to communicate with us, we need to know how they are feeling if we are going to work as a team to achieve their goals. After all being able to communicate really is one of the most important skills in life.
Not all our clients can communicate verbally and working within special schools we have all had a taste of the amazing method of communication that is Makaton. Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs AND speech together to help people communicate. By using signs and symbols it provides extra clues about what we are saying making it the perfect fit for many of our clients.
In this video by CBeebies, parents of children who use Makaton explain a little more, thanks to the Makaton charity and Makaton Tutor Kate Duggan for also expalining how Makaton is beneficial for all ages and abilities.
Recently the whole team at Positive Steps completed the Level 1 Makaton training run by the marvellous Naomi Owen of HeyJude Makaton. We are now eagerly awaiting our Level 2 training which will help us, help our amazing clients even more!
We are always keen to learn and develop and have some more exciting opportunities planned for Positive Steps in the coming months....so keep a look out!
As always if you know someone that we could help them tell them all about us and pass on our details. The initial telephone consultation is FREE, call 07801238819 and find out how we could help you.