A story in today's Guardian talks about the rise in usage of Makaton among young children; although the system was originally developed for people with learning disabilities or speech problems, Makaton is proving to be a useful tool for encouraging language development with children under five.

More information is available from the Makaton Vocabulary Development Project website, which contains details of resources, research papers and training courses that are currently available. Or you might like to view the the CBeebies programme Something Special, which introduces Makaton to young children; the complete first series is available on a series of DVDs in Summer Row library.


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