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Makaton is a unique language programme offering a structured, multi-modal approach, using signs and symbols, for the teaching of communication, language and literacy skills for people with communication and learning difficulties.

 Makaton symbols support the written word, in the same way that signs support speech. Makaton Symbols have been specially designed. Most of them are black and white pictures illustrating the important meaning of the words we use. Children and adults who cannot read or write can now have, for example, stories, instructions to carry out tasks, timetable events, shopping lists, letters and messages, all written in symbols.

Furthermore for some children and adults, combining symbols, signs and speech together is proving to be an effective way of developing literacy skills.