Unfortunately if you are in an area that doesn't seem to have a Makaton Club/or Course then you may well struggle to find Makaton Signs online for free, and resources that will help you out. I know that I did, and looking back at what links and resources I did have, I am stunned at how many are now not available what so ever.
What is Makaton, anyway? If you use the navigation menu at the side then you will see a page dedicated to Signing. This covers both Makaton and Sign Language (I am British, so it is BSL that I may refer to, however for ASL or another language, the theory is still sound, you just might want to double check a little bit of the info.) Anyway, that page will explain it all a little bit more and will be updated with links and resources as they are found. It is an amazing language in itself, which is why, despite Badger no longer needing to use the signs, I wanted to share this information with you.
Many Libraries have a fair range of official Makaton products that you can use to teach your child, and yourself, signs. These are all free, or a very small charge, as long as you don't lose or break anything.
The website: http://www.totalcommunication.org.uk/makaton-signing.html has got quite a wide selection of basic signs to get you started. It's in video format and a very, very good website. They also sell CDs with more basic signs, intermediate and advanced, at a very reasonable price.
Don't go jumping in and expect too much too soon, while PECs was pretty straight forward with Badger, he would not learn any signs what so ever until around the time we started using visuals. I worked on his eye contact over a few months and slowly this led to us being able to teach him a few signs. Try to catch them at a good moment, when they are willing to engage, for Badger this is after tea and not long until bedtime. Don't forget you can use the YouTube video on Eye Contact Resource page to help improve this.
If you get started using that website, or any other resources you already have then you may be interested in using my basic tracker. I created this just to print off and follow Badger's progress. The words are all words featured on the total communication site (the link above) so are a good starting point. The tracker features columns for:
"Word" - The word!
"Known" - More for your advantage, do you know and use the sign to your child?
"Repeated" - Does your child repeat the sign back at you?
"Aided" - Will your child do the sign without seeing you do it, but with a little encouragement, i.e. "Do the sign for Mummy." or saying the word (ie. More).
"Own" - When your child uses the sign almost always unaided, of their own back, when making a request or comment.
Download below, if you wish.
And for all the other resources and information on the site, click here.
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