Makaton uses speech with signs (gestures) and symbols (pictures), facial expression, eye contact and body language to help the child to communicate with those around him/her. Signs and symbols can provide additional information and cues, which can be seen and easily interpreted by children with autism. It may also be an alternative for language, while for others it may be used as a bridge to developing language /communication skills. Makaton can be used in conjunction with other therapies.

Number of participation hours required each week

Under 20 20+
Skills need to be practiced daily and integrated into daily activities.

Cost of intervention per week

$0-$30 $30 – $80 $80 – $100 $100 – $120 $120 +
Costs may vary depending on training and support needs, and can range from $30 – $120 per session.

Home, Clinic, or both?

Home-based Clinic or centre-based Both or it doesn’t matter.
Possible pros of this intervention Possible cons of this intervention
Makaton can improve communication skills and impact on behaviours due to reduced anxiety and frustration caused by inability to articulate wants and needs.
Best used in conjunction with other therapy approaches.
There can be a requirement for the whole family and extended friends and carers to learn.
Not universally used or recognised.