This form of sign language originated in England and has been adapted for use by people with disabilities. It provides a basic means of communication and is accompanied by normal speech, appropriate facial expressions and general body language. The signing vocabulary is taught in stages and it is useful for leaders to know the basic signs for things such as toilet, drink, food, etc.

A participant may be skilled in the use of another form of sign language. The Coordinator and parents/caregivers will assist you to become familiar with the basic signs used by the participant. In the Appendix of this resource guide is a Makaton signing dictionary, covering often used words.