We use these tools to support communication in our school.


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Widgit Symbols support communication, language and learning

Widgit Symbols are used worldwide to support people to realise their full potential,

 regardless of age, ability or background.

Introduction to Symbols

Symbol Sentence

Symbols are images which are used to support text, making the meaning clearer and easier to understand.

They provide a visual representation of a concept. 

Symbol Sets are comprehensive collections of images 

that give greater support than clip art or icon sets. 

Symbol Sets often follow a schematic structure, 

or set ofdesign 'rules', that help the reader independently grow their own vocabulary.

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About Makaton

Today over 100,000 children and adults use Makaton symbols and signs, either as their main method of communication or as a way to support speech.

In addition to children and adults with communication and learning difficulties and the community around them – for example, teachers, health professionals, friends, public service bodies etc. Makaton is increasingly used by the general public to aid communication.

Makaton has been shown to be useful for all sorts of people including those who struggle with understanding concepts, those who have poor literacy skills, including grammatical knowledge, and those with English as an Additional Language. By using Makaton, children and adults can take a more active part in life, because communication and language are the key to everything we do and learn.

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 Talking Mats

Talking Mats is a social enterprise whose vision is to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties by increasing their capacity to think about and communicate effectively about things that matter to them. Our innovative, award-winning communication tool is based on extensive research and was designed by Speech and Language Therapists.

For Education

Talking Mats offers an approach which can be used by professionals working in Education, Health, Social Care and Third Sector settings, including childcare and respite, to support holistic and person-centred planning and practice. Our approach is used widely across a range of Education settings, from Early Years through to College. 

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Talking Mats


Communication Keys Communication Keys

What is Communication Keys?

• A resource with practical ideas and activities to support primary age children with speech, language and communication difficulties.

• Strategies for children, teachers and parents.

• A reproducible resource for use by LSAs, teachers, parents and SLTs.

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Communication Keys