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Rilith

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PostSubject: Downs Syndrome   Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:42 am

I am here... LOL

Well holly is Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Downs Syndrome   Sat Sep 05, 2009 12:15 pm

How is Holly doing Rilly??
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PostSubject: Re: Downs Syndrome   Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:10 pm

She is doing fab ta hunni.

She is in mainstream preschool and is coping really well with it. She is completely non verbal though but uses makaton to communicate, apparently she has her pwn language and thats why she has no recognisable words. She loves having kids her own age around her. And they all love her to bits and look after her too.... LOL

Health wise... she is having a good run, She is on no meds for her heart, been off her NG tube for 2 years nearly. She is doing really well.
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PostSubject: Re: Downs Syndrome   Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:51 pm

Erm... whats a makaton? Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: Downs Syndrome   Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:51 pm

Wow she is doing fab!

My brother used Makaton until he was 9 years old. I learnt it for work experience and have tried to use it with my 2.

Fantastic to hear she is on no meds for her heart! xxx
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PostSubject: Re: Downs Syndrome   Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:18 pm

MadMum wrote:
Erm... whats a makaton? Neutral

Mr Tumble hun Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Downs Syndrome   Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:20 pm

Makaton is a very simple language based on a list of simple everyday words, which uses speech, gesture, facial expression, eye contact, body language, signs, symbols and words to aid communication.
For example if you wanted to ask a child if you would like a drink - you would sign the word drink, asking the question at the same time, raising you eye brows in a questioning look, - or alternatively you could show a simple picture (a symbol of a drink) and ask the question.

If you had a child who couldn't express what he/she would like to do, perhaps they could choose a symbol to show what they wanted, from a limited choice. These same symbols could be displayed around the setting - to reinforce their meaning.

The easiest way to learn is at a Makaton Workshop, as with all Sign Language the only way to really learn it is through being taught first hand, and by being demonstrated, and then reinforcing your knowledge with regular use - however it can now be learnt by distance learning.

Makaton have produced a parent and training pack suitable for people working with children under the age of 8, so you can learn together, and the video even includes children signing - you may be able to borrow this resource from your local library.

For more information about Makaton, visit their web site - www.makaton.org/
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