Makaton Sign and Symbol for children with neurodisability
Published July 2014
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What Were We Asked?
We were asked to what extent the use of Makaton Sign & Symbol can support the communication of children who have neurological conditions.
- Makaton Sign & Symbol is one form of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) system. It uses both gestures and pictures to support conversation.
- The evidence for Makaton is moderate rather than strong.
- This does not mean that Makaton or other AAC systems and strategies are not effective, just that the research carried out so far has not been robust