Makaton Level 1 Workshop

Level 1 training is the starting point for learning Makaton. It is recommended for:

  • Parents, family members, carers and workers who need to use Makaton at home and in their work
  • Participants who need more detailed knowledge about using and applying Makaton to develop the communication skills of others

Level 1 Training provides a practical introduction to the Makaton Language Programme.


Sessions include discussing commonly asked questions, hints and tips for effective signing and symbol use and how to start using Makaton in everyday situations at home or work.

You will also learn the signs and symbols from Stages 1 and 2 and some of the additional stage of the Core Vocabulary.


Level 1 Training is made up of two modules which can be delivered in a number of different ways, for example:

  • Over 1 day
  • 2 x 3hr sessions delivered on two separate days

Entry Criteria:

Participants must have an interest in early communication skills.

Study Materials:

If you attend a Level 1 workshop you will receive a workshop manual, which includes the Makaton symbols and signs that you learn in the workshop.

You will also be given a certificate of attendance.  Please remember to keep your Level 1 training certificate in case you want to attend further Makaton training.

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