Last night I started the Makaton training course that my work was offering to parents and people who work with children with disabilities. I went along for a couple of reasons: 1. Because of my role as Social Worker/Family Service Coordinator, and 2. Because I really wanted to learn the signs for my own personal use. I am lucky that the Speechie running it let me slip in! So what did I learn, and what the hell is Makaton anyway? Makaton is an alternative form of communication that is mainly used to assist children with disabilities. It is not often used as the main form of communication, as the idea is that children can either use speech or some picture cards or even a communication device. Speech is such a difficult motor task and takes a lot of planning. Not only does it require your brain to send the messages to your mouth, but you also need your lungs to work, your tongue, your jaw and your mouth. Hard work when you have low muscle tone, seizures to contend with, and a body that do
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