Makaton is a communication system that uses speech, signs and symbols. It’s used by more than 100,000 children and adults, both as their main way to communicate or to support their speech.

The Joint Service for Disabled Children has regular Makaton taster sessions, which usually run for around two hours. These sessions give an introduction to Makaton and allow you to learn 30 signs and symbols. This will give you a start to communicating with your child.

For more information, or to find out when the next course is being run, email

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