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Makaton Sign Language

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Makaton Sign Language

A large percentage of students at the school have Down Syndrome. As has been well documented, these children are “visual learners”; (i.e. they learn better with their eyes than they do with their ears.) Makaton signs have been specifically developed for people with learning disabilities to use, as they are simple, and do not rely on finger spelling, as many other sign languages do. These signs are taught to many students in school, as an alternative means of communication, or more often, as augmentative communication (i.e. used as a support to speech which is not intelligible). When used by carers, along with speech, it enhances the pupils understanding of the spoken message. (www.makaton.org)

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