College students sign off the year with Makaton class

College students sign off the year with Makaton class

Ayrshire College students have been introduced to Makaton as part of their Early Years course at the College’s Kilwinning Campus.

Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate.

Jo Ford from NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Speech and Language Therapy team came to the campus last week to help the students pick up the basics in Makaton and form simple sentences.

The college students are working towards a Professional Development Award in Education Support Assistance, and learning Makaton will help them to communicate with young nursery pupils when the students enter the workplace.

Jo Ford said “Makaton is all about inclusion. We don’t know who’s going to be in our classrooms now so we want to be as inclusive as possible and give everyone the chance to communicate.

“This taster session allowed the students to learn the signs to 30 key words and sign some sentences. Hopefully they will now decide to go onto further training.

“One of the best things about Makaton is that people do tend to pick it up quite easily and we hope they find it quite fun as well.”

Joan Caves, the group’s lecturer at Ayrshire College, said “This was a great opportunity to introduce the students to some really worthwhile employability skills which enhance the learning they are receiving in college, and demonstrate how easy it is to consider diversity within the approaches we take with young children.

“The students thoroughly enjoyed these sessions and are very keen to develop a deeper knowledge of Makaton through further training.”

14 December 2018


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