Dentists Learn to Talk Makaton.
Four members of the CDS team in Suffolk have recently undergone a training programme in Makaton.
CDS is a social enterprise that provides dental services and oral health information to many people with additional needs and it is hoped that the training will help to communicate where patients are unable to communicate by speech alone.
Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order. Using signs can help people who have no speech, whose speech is unclear and those who cannot or prefer not to sign.
Amy Schiller, CDS Operations Director for Suffolk said: "Our aim is to make oral health advice and dental care accessible to all. Through this specialist training, we will be able to communicate more effectively with some of our patients, improving the overall experience for them."
The aim is to apply for CDS to become a Makaton Friendly organisation and demonstrates how the social enterprise is finding innovative ways to deliver on its overall mission to improve oral health in ever more communities by breaking down barriers to communication.