An overview of the Makaton programme


Makaton has a Core Vocabulary of +/- 460+ concepts in the South African Vocabulary.

Vocabulary is presented in 8 developmental stages of increasing complexity.

Makaton uses signs and symbols together with grammatical speech.

The Resource Vocabulary is larger, open ended and topic-based, covering broader life experiences. It is used to supplement the Core Vocabulary. There are about 11,000 concepts in UK Resource Vocabulary. In South Africa, the Resource Vocabulary is still in its embryonic phase.