makaton gives everyone a voice.

 Being able to communicate is one of the most important skills we need in life. Almost everything we do involves communication; everyday tasks in employment, at home, sorting out problems, building relationships & having fun. Everything relies on our ability to communicate with each other. 

what is makaton?

Makaton is a unique language program that gives everyone a helping hand to talk.  It uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate, and supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall, organization of language and expression.

Established for 30+ years, with over 1 million users around the world, Makaton has been shown to increase opportunities for personal expression and development, participation in interaction and socialization; increasing access to employment, training and education.  

Makaton is a life-changing solution using signs and symbols  to help people to communicate. It is designed to support and develop spoken language.  The signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.  

Individuals can learn, speak and/or teach Makaton in a short period of time, opening up channels of communication, enhancing inclusion and creating opportunities quickly & effectively for people in employment and in life.  




Imagine if a working team could suddenly talk with a colleague who had communication differences, how included and appreciated everyone would feel.  

Think of the opportunities for people who are simply excluded and overlooked but who have great skills and talents.

Good relationships start with good communication

who is makaton for?


Makaton opens up all kinds of possibilities for many people, in all scenarios of life and at work.  This includes;

  • People with communicative disabilities
  • Newcomers learning English
  • Stroke and brain injury survivors redeveloping communication skills
  • Everyone who would like to be able to communicate with all of the people above, including all employees and all customers!

For people who have experienced the frustration of being unable to communicate meaningfully or effectively, Makaton really can help.  

Makaton enables all individuals to connect with other people and the world around them. 


Learn to Speak Makaton OR

Learn to Teach Makaton

Learn to Teach Makaton

Attend a 2-Day training session and  you'll be able to speak and use Makaton !


Learn to Teach Makaton

Learn to Teach Makaton

Learn to Teach Makaton

Interested in becoming a Certificated Makaton Tutor?  Register today to begin your teaching journey!

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