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Makaton

A simplified sign language, based on British Sign Language but internationally recognized, specifically designed for people with learning difficulties of all kinds and their parents and ...

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A Dictionary of Nursing (7 ed.)

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2017
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Medicine and health
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40 words

...Makaton [ mak -ă-ton] n. a language programme that uses sign language, speech, and graphical symbols to teach communication, language, and literacy skills to adults and children with communication and learning difficulties. https://www.makaton.org/ Website of the Makaton vocabulary development...

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A Dictionary of Social Work and Social Care (2 ed.)

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2018

... A language that uses signs and symbols to help people communicate. It is used to support spoken language, and whenever possible, the signs and symbols are used with speech in the same order as the spoken words. It is primarily used by and with people with learning disabilities, although others who struggle to make themselves understood and to understand others can also use it to connect with people. The signs and symbols are pictorially based, and it is far simpler than British Sign Language . Makaton can increase confidence and self-esteem, and when...

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Trisha Bowen and Liz Ellis

A Dictionary of Education (2 ed.)

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2015
Subject:
Social sciences, Education
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82 words

... A simple language based on signs for everyday words but incorporating facial expressions, symbols, and gestures as well as speech. Makaton has a core vocabulary consisting of everyday concepts such as ‘drink’ and ‘toilet’; this is supplemented by a resource vocabulary consisting of over 7 000 words grouped in topics. A national curriculum resource pack is available. Makaton is a universally recognized form of communication used for children and adults with learning difficulties in the UK. Trisha Bowen , Liz Ellis...

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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2015

... n. A simplified sign language , based on British Sign Language but internationally recognized, specifically designed for people with learning difficulties of all kinds and their parents and carers, developed in 1972–3 at Botley's Park Hospital in Surrey, England, by the English speech therapist Margaret Walker (born 1938 ), and revised in 1976 , the revised version containing approximately 350 signs and associated words. [Formed from the initial letters of the first names of its inventor, Ma rgaret Walker , and the two psychiatric hospital...

Makaton

Makaton  

A simplified sign language, based on British Sign Language but internationally recognized, specifically designed for people with learning difficulties of all kinds and their parents and carers, ...
British Sign Language

British Sign Language  

A communication system for deaf people in the UK in which meaning is conveyed by hand signals and the positions of the hands relative to the upper part of the body. See also Makaton, sign language. ...
augmentative and alternative communication

augmentative and alternative communication  

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(AAC)This term used to describe methods of communication which can add to the more usual methods of speech and writing when these are impaired. AAC includes unaided systems of communication such as ...
sign language

sign language  

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A form of communication that uses movements of the hands and other parts of the body together with facial expressions instead of sound. There are many different forms of sign language throughout the ...
British Sign Language

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A Dictionary of Social Work and Social Care (2 ed.)

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2018

...have hearing impairments, that employs gestures, facial expressions, and body language, and has its own structure and syntax. After a long campaign, the UK government recognized it as a minority language in 2003 , according it the same status as Welsh and Gaelic. See also makaton...

British Sign Language

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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2015

...Sign Language n. A communication system for deaf people in the UK in which meaning is conveyed by hand signals and the positions of the hands relative to the upper part of the body. See also Makaton , sign language . Compare American Sign Language . BSL ...

sign language

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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2015

...of communication based on hand signals, especially one used by deaf people. There are many such systems, including American Sign Language and British Sign Language , and like natural languages they tend to be mutually unintelligible. See also cherology , dactylology , Makaton...

augmentative and alternative communication

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Trisha Bowen and Liz Ellis

A Dictionary of Education (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Social sciences, Education
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139 words

...and alternative communication ( AAC ) This term is used to describe methods of communication which can add to the more usual methods of speech and writing when these are impaired. AAC includes unaided systems of communication such as signing (for example, Makaton ) and gesture, as well as aided techniques. These aided techniques range from the use of low technology such as picture or symbol charts to the most sophisticated computer technology currently available. A well-known user of a sophisticated high technology device was the scientist ...

British Sign Language

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The Oxford Companion to the English Language (2 ed.)

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2018

...in the UK is difficult to determine, with recent estimates by various institutions ranging between 15,000 and 70,000 users, if not higher. BSL is a concept-based system used in the visual-spatial modality. Comparable systems that use manual components borrowed from BSL, such as Makaton, are also found in the UK. However, these latter systems generally rely on the grammar and/or co-occurring use of English to accompany manual productions in order to function. As such, these systems are known as language-based systems, designed for specific communicative and...

Sign Language

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The Oxford Companion to the English Language (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Language reference, History of English, Linguistics
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1,020 words

...speaker’s mouth, used alongside lip movements to draw attention to the phonemic contrasts in speech); and more complex systems reflecting features of English grammar, such as Signed English or Sign English ( 1966 ), Seeing Essential English ( 1969 ), Manual English ( 1972 ), and Makaton ( 1979 ). One particular system that could be classed under this heading is Fingerspelling ( c .17c), in which each letter of the dominant alphabet has its own manual configuration. In BSL, Auslan, and NZSL, two hands are used, whereas ASL and other concept-based systems use one...

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