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Post 1

friendlywithteeth

Entry: Makaton: A Method of Communication for the Disabled - A896907
Author: friendlywithteeth the ACE, the terrier at your trouser leg. - U193729

I see this as a finished piece. However, if someone else sees something that could do with being added, I'll add it!

Any positive or negative criticism welcome smiley - smiley

FwT


A896907 - Makaton: A Method of Communication for the Disabled

Post 2

Gubernatrix

Hi there,

This was really interesting - but I still don't quite know what Makaton is. The sentence that confused me was:

"Unlike BSL, Makaton is not actually a language, but an aid to communication, and where possible, an accompiament to the spoken word."

I thought you would go on to explain this but you didn't - at least, not in a way I could understand. For instance, it seems that you can make complete sentences, and therefore have a conversation, using Makaton signs - so why is it not a language? Is it just that it doesn't have a grammar? What sort of things can you communicate?

The story about Geri was funny (!) but I was also confused - if you can make the same signs, but mean two different things in BSL and Makaton, then how do people know which is correct?

Also, any information on who invented it, where the name comes from etc?

This is great EG material in my opinion, but if you could make it a bit clearer for slowcoaches like me, it would help!

Also, you need to read over this for typos, grammatical errors etc.

Gubernatrix


A896907 - Makaton: A Method of Communication for the Disabled

Post 3

friendlywithteeth

Thanks for your interest smiley - smiley

Makaton is an aid to communication...it's a bit of an abstract concept to get across...I'll try and explain it here first, and then if you understand what I'm saying, I'll adapt for the article.

Take yourself...you [presumably] think in words: you cannot think outside of the language you know. It's the same with BSL: the hearing impaired think and express themselves through BSL. Makaton on the other hand is a language 'prop', used to supplement what I say. An example of this could be children with degenerative diseases: their health/motor skills will get worse etc. This means that when they are young, Makaton and speech are used in parallel so that when they are older and have poorer motor skills, they can still communicate. It's hard to explain, because I don't actually know the full reason why myself: I was researching this on their website and it emphasised that it's 'not' a language. smiley - erm I think there are also issues of copyright when it's classed as a language: I don't think they can.

I am going to add another section on how much you can communicate: how much depends on your ability. Take the phrase 'The Cat Sat on the Mat' It's a bit of an overly simplistic phrase, but the most primary level would be Cat, Sat and Mat. Then it would be the connecting words, like on and the as well!

You know BSL from Makaton because who is using it: if the person has hearing impairments then it means angel..but if it's a special needs person then it means toilet!

It wasn't invented by one singular person, but a research project in the 70s... I will try to get some names for you though smiley - smiley

I was worried that it wasn't my clearest piece, don't worry! I think it's because I've written it quite quickly [definitely unusual for me!]. That would also explain the typos!

Thanks again smiley - smiley

FwT


A896907 - Makaton: A Method of Communication for the Disabled

Post 4

Gubernatrix

Your explanation helps a lot - thanks. Something like that in the entry would be perfect.
smiley - biggrin


A896907 - Makaton: A Method of Communication for the Disabled

Post 5

friendlywithteeth

smiley - ok Thanks smiley - smiley

I'll amend it either today, or by the end of the week [work!]


A896907 - Makaton: A Method of Communication for the Disabled

Post 6

egon

Now, my sister is a primary school teacher with training for special needs, and I seem to remmber her mentioning that the name was a contraction of the names of the people who thought it up, I'll ask her when i see her this weekend.


A896907 - Makaton: A Method of Communication for the Disabled

Post 7

friendlywithteeth

Thanks DD smiley - biggrin


A896907 - Makaton: A Method of Communication for the Disabled

Post 8

egon

stop calling me that!

I'll ask her about the name when I see her at the weekend, and I'll see if she can spot if you've left everything out.


A896907 - Makaton: A Method of Communication for the Disabled

Post 9

friendlywithteeth

Thanks smiley - biggrin


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Post 10

friendlywithteeth

Well DD?

Oh and on the Comms. vs. lang. debate, apparently a language has to have it's own syntax and grammar, which Makaton does not, so I'll add a little amendment, plus a footnote to correct it smiley - smiley


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Post 11

Zarquon's Singing Fish!

Hi fwt,

This is an interesting entry. I work in road safety and a new Makaton resource has just been produced for this. Not sure if you would be interested in the details for this entry (it would be UK specific).

smiley - fishsmiley - musicalnote


A896907 - Makaton: A Method of Communication for the Disabled

Post 12

friendlywithteeth

smiley - smiley Thanks Zarquon!

If you could provide me with the details, and then I'll see if it would be a good addition or not [I could add it as an example!]


A896907 - Makaton: A Method of Communication for the Disabled

Post 13

egon

Ah bugger, i forgot to ask her. I'll ask her when she gets back tonight.


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Post 14

egon

Gnashers-

my sister said that while she's sure the name is a contraction of those of the researchers who created it, she can't remember heir names, although the woman who oversaw the development was named Margaret walker.


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Z

Hi

What you've written so far is great, but the one thing that I feel it lacks is a feeling of what sort of person would use Mackaton, and what advantage it gives to there lives. Eg that it helps them communicate when otherwise they wouldn't be able to properly becuase they have special needs (from my memory that is!) As far as I remember it isn't a language for the deaf it's a language for people who have special needs.

Also to give an example of the sorts of expression that are in Macakton....




A896907 - Makaton: A Method of Communication for the Disabled

Post 16

friendlywithteeth

Hi all smiley - smiley

Sorry haven;t made amendments yet: verk [shudder]

Egon: thanks, I'll do some further searching into who the other people were...

Z: What exactly do you mean? I'm not trying to be anal...but the advantage that Makaton gives a person is exactly the same as English is to me: an opportunity to communicate...isn't that an advantage enough smiley - winkeye


What do you mean by kind of expressions? I'm adding another section about s.n. kids learn Makaton....is that what you mean?


A896907 - Makaton: A Method of Communication for the Disabled

Post 17

Z

Ok Makaton gives a person the ability to communicate .. but why not communicate by BSL?

You hinted in the last post that if it's a special needs person then they use Makaton but if it's a deaf person then they use BSL? what I was getting at was why people use Makaton? why not full BSL it is because it is simpler to use.

I was also wondering if you could describe a couple of common words in Makaton, just to give a feel of what it is?

smiley - sorry if I didn't put it across properly this first time!


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Post 18

friendlywithteeth

S.N use Makaton because it is used in parallel with speech: Makaton is signed at the same time as being spoken. This means that Makaton is more socially acceptable, and useful for those who use it. [This is going to be in the new section smiley - smiley]

BSL on the other hand is more isolated: it can only be used by those who understand, and it doesn't really overlap with the spoken word.

BSL isn't simpler to use: it can be flamin' difficult!

I can't tell you any common words I'm afraid: it would mean that I would have to know both...which I smiley - erm don't!

Sorry!


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Post 19

PQ

My cousin is autistic, she is 8 now and has only just started speaking using sentences.

Before she started at her school she used to communicate by showing you what she wanted (ie she would take your hand and lead you into the kitchen and open the fridge and point at the juice).

When she started school the school provided her with a little booklet with lots of pictures with the word written underneath and instisted she had to use these pictures to communicate (often saying the word at the same time).

Once she had got used to this they started insisting she use the velcros pictures arranged in a sentence ("I'd-like Juice Please" three pictures)

Gradually she is learning to communicate in a way that doesn't just describe objects...I imagine that Makaton is a similar concept but using signs instead of pictures (making it much more portable).


A896907 - Makaton: A Method of Communication for the Disabled

Post 20

friendlywithteeth

The pictures/symbols are probably made by the MVDP: they use them at the school I work at: the younger children have to choose what they want at break times: do they want a drink or say a doll: it helps with picture recognition etc.

It's good to hear that she's getting along well though smiley - ok


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