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Makaton Training


Hi Everyone

Today I welcomed Ashley to the hub, her son is a Primary 3 pupil in Lewis class. Ashley was learning basic Makaton to enable her to support her son’s learning and was joined by him to practise Makaton signing, this opportunity promotes good working partnerships between Parent’s/Carers, staff and children, offering a Total Communication approach. We all enjoyed our lesson together.

Thank you to Ashley for coming along.



Boardmaker/visuals workshop

Hi Everyone

We would like to inform all Parent’s/Carer’s that the Communication Hub will be runnig regular Boardmaker workshops.The Workshops will be available evey Tuesday, morning session 10am-12noon, afternoon session 1.45pm-3pm.All parents/carers are welcome to come along, please contact the office  prior to your visit so we can organise our required resources.


Today we welcomed Melanie whose child is a primary one pupil. Melanie made various visuals using Boardmaker to enable her to support her child at home. This promotes good working partnerships between parents/carers and staff, offering a Total Communication approach.

We look forward to meeting with you please come along

Thank you

Susan & Anne.

Boardmaker Workshop

Hi Everyone

Just to remind everyone that the Communication Hub is still running regular Boardmaker Workshops, these will be available every Tuesday, morning and afternoon sessions.If other planned workshops are scheduled we will inform you in advance.Today we were joined by Lynsey whose child is a Primary one pupil. Lynsey made visuals for her child’s PECS book to enable her to support him at home.This promotes good working partnerships between Parents/Carers and staff offering a Total Communication approach.

Intensive Interaction Workshop

Hi Everyone

Due to unforeseen circumstances our Intensive Interaction Workshop planned for Tuesday 27th March has been cancelled please accept our apologies , we will however reschedule this at a later date.

Our next planned workshop will be basic Makaton signing and will take place on Tuesday 8th May ,2018 from 10.00am until 12noon. Our workshop will be delivered by Jo Ford Speech and Language Therapist (SALT).Letters will be sent home to confirm details after the Easter holidays.

Susan & Anne

Boardmaker/Visuals Workshop

Hi Everyone

Just to inform you that our Boardmaker/Visuals Workshop will not be available on Tuesday 13/3/18 , however will be available again on Tuesday 20/3/18 10am – 12noon & 1.30 – 3pm.

Our next planned workshop will be Intensive Interaction and will be delivered on Tuesday 27/3/18 10am – 12noon , letters will be sent home to confirm details.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us on 01294 272481

Susan & Anne

World Book Day

Hi Everyone

World Book Day will take place on Thursday 1st March 2018.

Pupils, if they wish, can come to school dressed as their favourite character from a book and if they wish can donate £1 towards  Book Aid International. Pupils can also bring a favourite book from home to share with their school friends.


Boardmaker Workshop

Hi everyone

Today was another enjoyable Boardmaker Workshop. We welcomed Eileen Cairns 2nd year Learning Disability student nurse from Glasgow Caledonian University who has her placement within Haysholm. The session gave Eileen the opportunity to access Boardmaker and make a variety of visuals which will be beneficial when working in class to fully support our learners. It was good to share our successful working practice with other agencies.  Eileen found the session very informative and enjoyable.

Please note that Boardmaker Workshops will continue after the holiday, please contact the school to let us know if you would like to join us.

Susan & Anne

Makaton Workshop

Thank you to Jo Ford for leading our Makaton Workshop this morning and to all those who attended. We learned a range of basic signs which we felt would be well used in various situations both at school and at home.

Some parents who had expressed an interest were unable to attend due to another course running elsewhere. Jo has said she would be more than willing to arrange a repeat for those who are interested, even if you had not previously intended on coming along today. Please contact us on 01294 272481 if you would like to come along. Keep checking our Blog for details.

Susan and Anne.


Please note – Makaton Ayrshire will be running a Beginners Workshop for parents/carers/family members from across North Ayrshire. Monies from Pupil Equity Fund is being utilised to fund this therefore there will be no charge. Please click on the link below for details.





Makaton Workshop




Dear Parents/Carers,

We write to inform you that our planned workshop for basic Makaton signing will take place on Tuesday 30th of January, 2018 from 10.00a.m. until 12 noon. This workshop will be delivered by Jo Ford, speech and language assistant.

We use Makaton throughout the school not only to communicate with children who have hearing impairment but also to reinforce spoken language in general. We mainly sign at a one or two word level using only key words e.g. thank you, sit, stand, lunch, bus etc. helping the individual to focus, absorb information being given and comments being made.

If you feel this approach would be helpful to you and your child please come along on the day . It would be useful if you could come armed with a list of basic signs which you would like to learn.

In addition, please note that our Communication Hub will be open on Tuesdays 16th and 23rd of January between 10.00a.m. and 12 noon for parents to come along for help and advice with making up visuals for use in the home setting. Please phone or text the school to let us know if you will be attending either of these dates.

Susan & Anne.