Tuesday, 11 September 2012

The motion of emotion

The motion of emotion is a rather  curious affair sometimes you see something that sweeps you up or read something that takes your breath away and for me this morning it was this Makaton Post from Downside Up.

I can not stress how important Makaton was to myself and my son when he wasn't talking which you can about why here , to see him initially struggling because  he wasn't talking is heart breaking. I truly longed for those tantrums screaming " I want " over a chocolate bar, instead of the screaming ab dabs that made no sense to me but obviously they did to my son at that moment in time.

Prepositional language putting the car in the garage.

The key to Early years speech therapy though is early intervention which was initially hard for me ,you can read all about here. I am so grateful for the fact that my son was given early speech therapy part of which consisting of teaching him Makaton. A good nursery school is half the battle in Early years Speech therapy and help with special needs.

A good nursery is essential for a Early years Special needs Child.

"Can you put your finger on the television ?"

One of the key things he was taught within Makaton was the signs in conjunction with prepositional language  "Left" "Right" "Over" "under" and so forth. Once this was established We were able to incorporate the prepositional language into our everyday activities such as buying a chocolate bar which was met with sign for in.

Incorprating the word 'On' into dads pyhsio for his back

And with Makaton comes the ability to communicate with the world around you .....

When you read Downside ups post you and you must ! pay attention to paragraphs 6 & 7 as this was especially true for myself as the Makaton did ease his frustration.

You read find all about Makaton complete with all the excellant resources.


  1. Lovely post and wonderful pictures. Makaton is so vital for our children. Never ceases to amaze me how often chocolate, cake and biscuit are as first words though! 'chocolate' 'in' love it!
    Thank for the mention x

  2. Interesting stuff. Makaton has obviously made a difference to a lot of lives.

  3. I suppose as long as you are consistent with the "word" it does not matter too much. I remember my eldest asking for a teddy when she wanted a biscuit, but we understood her.

  4. Very good post. My older boy loved to watch Makaton DVDs, but never used the signs to communicate himself. Sharing your post on FB, Twitter and SU. xxx


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