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What is Makaton

Makaton is a language programme that gives everyone a helping hand to talk.

It is a language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression. The Makaton language programme has been used with individuals who have cognitive impairments, autism, Down syndrome, specific language impairment, multi-sensory impairment and acquired neurological disorders that have negatively affected the ability to communicate, including stroke patients.

QuEST Direct Professional Services offers Makaton qualifications from Level 1 – Level 4 accredited by Makaton trainer from the UK.

Karen Soehnle 

BA (Hons) Makaton Tutor
Norfolk Makaton Tuition


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I am a qualified regional Makaton tutor covering the East Anglia region. Based in West Norfolk, I am happy to travel to cater for your requirements.

I offer training courses that cover Makaton levels 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Karen Soehnle

Karen has been using Makaton for many years in her role as a Course Director and lecturer in a local further education college in the UK, where she has been teaching for nearly 20 years.
She teaches young people with learning difficulties and has seen the positive impact of using Makaton with her students; it increases their communication skills, improves their confidence and helps to develop their independent living skills.
Karen is passionate about using Makaton and this passion drove her to become a regional Makaton tutor, so she can share this unique language programme with people and change their lives for the better.

She is a licensed and trained UK Makaton trainer and runs certified courses L1 – L4 that are suitable for early years practitioners to support the communication and language skills of all young learners. These courses really make a difference to our youngest children and are used extensively in UK nurseries to support a language rich environment.

Taster session:

If you are not sure whether Makaton training is for you, try the Makaton Taster session. There is no prior experience or knowledge of Makaton needed.

This session is designed to be delivered as a 'one-off' session which may be provided, for example, during a regular staff meeting within a setting, or arranged specifically to bring groups together.

Many interests can be catered for, for example:

  • Parents of prospective Makaton users

  • Staff within a particular setting (charities, education etc.)

  • Professional groups such as emergency services or health professionals

  • Managers or budget holders for doctors, dentists, shops etc.

Any requirements I'd be happy to discuss. Please contact me on the details provided.

 Participant will receive a copy of 30 of the main signs.

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Send us an email if you want us to arrange a group booking for your setting.

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