Sue ‘Stumble’ leads our Makaton sessions at Gibside each week with a little help from some of her friends. Sue is a qualified regional trainer for Makaton.


Makaton uses signs, symbols and speech to help children and adults communicate. It is designed to support spoken language, and the signs and symbols are used with speech in spoken word order. 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.

The best way to learn Makaton is to attend a workshop. It means that you learn with other people, share experiences, receive feedback on your signing and symbol work and enables you to practice with others. Our course leader, Sue House, has over 20 years’ experience as a Teaching Assistant within a SEN school and is also a Regional Makaton Trainer.

We offer a 1 day or 2 x half day training workshops on-site using our spacious Meeting Room, details of which can be found in the Facilities and Lettings section of the website. We can also offer more bespoke packages depending on the needs of your learners.

If you require any Makaton training please email the outreach [email protected].

Makaton Regional Trainer