Celebrating Deaf Awareness Week with Makaton Mondays!

Deaf Awareness Week is an annual event celebrated worldwide to raise awareness about deafness, promote inclusivity, and advocate for the rights of the deaf and hard of hearing community. It provides an opportunity to celebrate deaf culture, language, and heritage, while also highlighting the challenges faced by individuals with hearing impairments.

The origins of Deaf Awareness Week can be traced back to the efforts of various deaf organisations and communities around the globe. These groups sought to increase public understanding of deafness and promote greater access to education, employment, and social opportunities for deaf individuals. Overall, Deaf Awareness Week has evolved into a significant event marked by educational seminars, workshops, cultural events, and outreach activities aimed at fostering greater understanding and acceptance of deafness in society.

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Here is an example of Tops Portsmouth showing some Makaton signs for holiday!

At Tops Day Nurseries, we recognise the importance of Deaf Awareness Week in promoting inclusivity and accessibility for all children, including those with hearing impairments. Through initiatives like Makaton Mondays, we aim to create a supportive environment where every child can thrive, regardless of their abilities.

The unique language program, Makaton, combines signs, symbols, and speech. It not only facilitates communication for children with hearing impairments but also enriches the learning experience for all children by promoting language development and social interaction. Through Makaton, children learn to express themselves using a combination of gestures, pictures, and spoken words, fostering a deeper understanding of language and enhancing their ability to communicate effectively with others.

Makaton Mondays on Deaf Awareness Week:

Makaton Mondays hold a special place in our hearts at Tops Day Nurseries. Every Monday, we set aside dedicated time to introduce children to various signs using Makaton. Makaton is a unique language program that blends signs, symbols, and speech to facilitate communication.

Here’s why they’re so important:

Fostering Inclusion: Makaton Mondays help everyone feel included by teaching sign language to all children. Learning Makaton early on helps us understand different ways of communicating. Which helps to make sure every child feels valued and part of our nursery family.

Enhancing Communication: Makaton makes talking easier, especially for children who might have trouble with hearing or talking. By learning signs for things like eating and playing, children can express themselves better and connect with friends more easily.

Empowering Children: Makaton Mondays make little ones confident communicators! Learning sign language helps them express themselves, make friends, and join in all the fun activities at nursery. Plus, research shows it helps with learning and making friends too!

Promoting Awareness: Makaton Mondays aren’t just about learning signs; they’re also about understanding deafness and hearing loss. We talk about deaf culture and why inclusive communication matters, making sure everyone feels understood and accepted.

During Deaf Awareness Week, we’re proud of how Makaton Mondays help us all connect and understand each other better. Through Makaton, we learn to talk, make friends, and celebrate our differences. Come join the fun at Tops Day Nurseries, where every child’s voice matters!

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