Makaton Monday ~ Teacher

I love this sign. I’ve been using it for what seems like ages now but Bruiser never has. Whilst preparing him for School over the summer it was one of the signs we showed him and he did do it back to us to show that he could and that he understood but, he never used it spontaneously.

During a walk home from school last week, one of the practitioners from his  old nursery walked past us and said hello to Bruiser and asked how he was enjoying his new school. As we walked away he turned to me and signed ‘teacher old school’ perfectly. Since that moment on he’s used it every day when sharing what he has done at school that morning.

I originally blogged this post back in September, last year. Since then though, role play have become a big part of Bruisers play therapy. Although me and Wriggler have played schools, last week was the first time that Bruiser had wanted to join in and he asked Wriggler to play teachers with him. He was quite happy to sit back and let his brother be the teacher. But one evening he asked me to play with him and he wanted to be the teacher. It was lovely to share that moment with him, as brief as it was. Bruiser read his new book to me and the ‘class’. (the way he crossed his leg did make me chuckle though and subsequently, he put me on time-out!)





Bruiser signing and saying 'Teacher'

Bruiser signing and saying ‘Teacher’ (back in sept 2013)


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.



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