Makaton is one of the communication systems we use at Tettenhall Wood School to support our pupils expressive and receptive communication. 

Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order. Signs are used, with speech, in spoken word order. This helps provide extra clues about what someone is saying. Using signs can help people who have no speech or whose speech is unclear. Using symbols can help people who have limited speech and those who cannot, or prefer not to sign.

Makaton is extremely flexible as it can be personalised to an individual's needs and used at a level suitable for them. It can be used to:

  • share thoughts, choices and emotions
  • label real objects, pictures, photos and places
  • take part in games and songs
  • listen to, read and tell stories
  • create recipes, menus and shopping lists
  • write letters and messages
  • help people find their way around public buildings


At Tettenhall Wood School we use Makaton as part of a range of Communication strategies that ensures our school has a total communication approach.    If you would like more information about Makaton, please visit the Makaton Website

We offer training to staff, parents and other professionals.   If you would like information on the training we offer please visit the Outreach link on this website or contact school for more details.  

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