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we do Makaton, basically a simplified childrens sign language, I knew some already as my sister a primary school teacher to special needs, but we have Portage and they teach us as do our SALT worker do you have either in your local are as totally free.

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We use Makaton and if we didin't I think Teddys life would be very different. He has no speech and his only way of communicating is by Makaton. I went on a course when he was about 2yrs old, he is now 8, his signing is brilliant. He learns at least one new sign a week. I have bought various books from the makaton website and they also give you free downloads which I print off. Makaton is a life saver for us

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