At Baby Babble we are very proud to use the Makaton system of signing.
Makaton SA is a simple to learn system of signs and symbols designed to support people with communication difficulties
What is the Makaton system?
Makaton is a system of signs and symbols that was designed to support people with communication difficulties. It is a system of signs used in conjunction with the normal spoken word which augments developing speech and language skills.
For this reason, we feel it is the perfect system for us at Baby Babble to use with the little ones that we teach. This is because: it allows their speech and language to develop in line with normal grammatical speech; only the core words are signed in a sentence, making the core/ most important message of the sentence the clearest at the same time as the whole sentence is being heard, and as signing is never silent. It couldn't be a better system.
Babies that don't face any challenges to their communication tend to drop these signs as soon as their speech and language has developed effectively enough to allow for fluid communication. This is because it is much easier, and quicker, to speak than to sign and with speech they can get what they want faster (it's motivating to speak!!)
Babies that do face communication challenges tend to keep and use the signs for longer, sometimes never dropping them as often their speech is not clear and signing is a means of clearly explaining or emphasising a message in a way that their speech cannot.
Who is MakatonSA?
Makaton South Africa is the South African offshoot of The Makaton Charity based in the UK.