Pinderfields Hospital

Pupil Referral Unit


We use Makaton in school as a general way of communication, always alongside speech.  When ever staff communicate with a child both are used.

Signing supports people with communication difficulties in many ways:-

  • Signs give extra visual information about the spoken words 
  • This extra information supports the learning of new words and models how and when to use them.
  • Signs provide a way to communicate messages for people who have speech complications
  • Signing as we speak, slows our speech down, we also use less words, which helps with understanding    
  • Signs help to gain attention and maintain it.  

Key Makaton Signs