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Ensuring everyone has a voice: a communication tool for non-verbal patients

RCNi Nurse Awards student winners spread the word about their Makaton language resource
Alice Waddington, Emily Hesketh and Eve Kavanagh

RCNi Nurse Awards student winners spread the word about their Makaton language resource

‘My daughter Alice has Down’s syndrome,’ Amanda Glennon told learning disability nursing students at the Positive Choices conference in 2017. ‘She is 11 years old and despite hundreds of hospital and GP appointments she has never had a healthcare professional communicate with her in her own language, Makaton.’

This statement so shocked Edge Hill University students Emily Kavanagh, Eve Hesketh and Alice Waddington that they resolved to do something about it.

We created hundreds of sets

‘We decided to create a communication aid for nursing students to use in practice with a person who used Makaton, and/or postoperative patients or people who are non-verbal,’ explains Ms Hesketh. ‘This was

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