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My friends daughter is learning Makaton. AS im a student teacher and obs now with 5 months free, i wanted to learn BSL. Are there huge differences and would I be better learning Makaton? Thanks

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I use Makatoneveryday in my job role as I am a learning support assistant for a PLMD/ASD school. 

There are some differences, like you speak as well as sign, and you don't sign your words backwards.

You only sign the words that are the most important in a sentence

such as for example:

Do you need help? 

Sit down in your chair?

Some words are the same in BSL, others a little different.

We don't normally fingerspell names, just the first initial.

Hope I could be of help.

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