Makaton Monday ~ Supermarket

Wriggler loves role play. I have so many memories from when he was younger especially of playing shop keepers, mummy and daddys, doctors etc. I’ve missed that interaction with Bruiser. Its only very recently that he has wanted to ‘play’.

Bruiser loves to copy Wrigglers role play and he seems to enjoy it, providing it all goes his way and everyone does what he wants!

Role play and turn taking has been a big part of Bruisers play therapy of late. It has not been easy-going at all. At times its been unbearable. However, after about ten times of turn taking Bruiser kind of grasps it and can play quite happily without any intervention but, he is easily distracted and he doesn’t like waiting for his turn all that much. When we change activity though, he doesn’t remember to turn take and so it starts all over again.

Playing shop keepers is a great fun way for Bruiser to engage in role play and turn taking as its usually very quick turns and he gets a lot of them. This is also a great opportunity to use the signs he knows ie shop, money, various food items etc and also add to his ever-expanding ‘signabulary’, supermarket being one of them! It also helps him remember that he needs to use his manners in these social situations ie please and thank you.

‘Supermarket’ is a great sign that you can tailor to your specific need. Instead of saying supermarket as you sign it, you can say the shop ie tesco, morrisons etc.








Sign/Symbol used with the kind permission of the © The Makaton Charity 2012

For any help or advice in respect of Makaton, please contact the Makaton Charity directly.



2 thoughts on “Makaton Monday ~ Supermarket

  1. Bright Side of LIfe says:

    Thank you, thank you, I am definitely going to be teaching Nick this one as we are always at the supermarket!! 🙂
    For interest sake, Nick also used to battle with roles and taking turns. I always remind myself of the following….. ‘take him to his *edge* of competence and then one step more’. In the beginning our interaction (with whatever we were doing) would be a few seconds. These days we can spend a good twenty minutes doing something together. I never pushed him too far beyond his level of competence… just one more step from his edge! 🙂


    • Mummy Wife Woman says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I do hope Nick enjoys the sign.
      Thank you for your advice too. Im going to be brave and give it a go. As soon as I know Bruiser is on the edge of his competence, I back off so he doesnt get too anxious and so I dont ruin the moment. But you are right, one small step more could take him further further each time. Wish me luck 🙂


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