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What is Makaton?
Makaton is a method of communication using signs and symbols alongside speech so as to improve the communication abilities of children, adolescents and adults with learning and/or communication difficulties.
Makaton emphasises the importance of facial expression, movement and body posture when communicating using signs. This has been shown to increase the meaning of signs and words and thus enables the uptake of communication skills.
For more information about Makaton please visit The Makaton Charity's website - http://www.makaton.org/.
What is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)?
Applied Behaviour Analysis is the process of systematically providing interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviours to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behaviour (Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991). (Also see Cooper, Heron & Heward, 2007 for further information).
For more information about ABA please visit http://www.abainternational.org/.
What is Positive Behaviour Support?
Positive behaviour support approaches have become established as the preferred approach when working with people with learning disabilities who exhibit behaviours described as challenging.
This is now reflected in a significant body of authoritative guidance, including Positive and Proactive Care: reducing the need for restrictive interventions. (Department of Health 2014) British Psychological Society’s Guidelines (Baileral 2004), and the Joint Guidelines of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Psychological Society and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (2007).
The strengths and successes of positive behaviour support approaches provide the reason for the increasing support for their use. They are fundamentally rooted in person centred values, aiming to enhance community presence, increasing personal skills and competence and placing emphasis on respect for the individual being supported.
They also use quality of life improvements for the person, both as an intervention and as an outcome measure.
"A Brilliant teacher! I enjoyed every aspect of this course."Wendy Britton DinseyMakaton Foundation Course
"I not only learnt loads from this course I thoroughly enjoyed it. Paul Holland was an excellent tutor and his style of teaching allowed me to implement Makaton instantly and rem..."Sadeya SultanaExcellent