MyChoicePad was used at Pippa’s Group in Lewes to support their Makaton Rhyme Project. A member of staff Brenda Figg-Wild carried out a case study with one of their learners called Demi to see the difference it would make to her language and communication development. Here is the report:
The Makaton Rhyme Project was established in September 2014 at Pippa’s Group. The playgroup aims to provide stimulating pre-school education and has close links with the Early Years Service and the Lewes Children’s Centre.
The main aim of the project was to improve access to the early years curriculum for children with speech, language and communication difficulties in the year prior to starting school.
They worked with 4 children who had been identified by the staff and the speech and language therapist as needing additional support to develop their comprehension and expressive language skills.
Demi was chosen for the project as she was completely non-verbal in the nursery setting, lacking in confidence and difficult to asses as she was reluctant to engage with the adults. She used Makaton to communicate at home with her mum and her autistic brother but very little spoken language.
The sessions with Demi would start with her taking the soft toys from a bag to place on a mat decorated with a scene from the rhyme and her support worker Brenda would name the creatures or characters for her. Initially, Demi was very reluctant to join in the activity and she hardly spoke during the first term. After placing the creatures on the mat, Brenda would read the rhyme to her and point out the Makaton symbols to match the key words. Next, Brenda would use the grid on the MyChoicePad to assess her comprehension and vocabulary development. The grid on MyChoicePad has proved very effective as it has provided an engaging way for Demi to listen to vocabulary being repeated, learn the signs and answer, questions.