Makaton Training Levels 1 & 2

Our colleagues at Speech and Language Therapy are have announced dates for more two day Makaton Courses (Levels 1 & 2).  These are taking place on the 10th and 15th of January at Airyhall Clinic and 18th and 19th February at Frederick Street.  If you would like more information or to book a place please download the form below or contact Sarah Thornborrow on 01224 310582 or email


Makaton Training

Our colleagues at Speech and Language Therapy are running a two day Makaton Course (Levels 1 & 2) on the 29th November and 6th December at Airyhall Clinic.  If you would like more information or to book a place please download the form below or contact Sarah Thornborrow on 01224 310582 or email


APA and Drake Music Classes

Aberdeen Performing Arts are opening up a new Everyone Can Play class for those with Additional Support Needs in association with drake Music.  The sessions are free so drop in on Wed 13th Nov, 5.30-7.30pm at Tutti Studio, Music Hall. Come along for a fun, relaxed session with Drake Music Scotland and learn to play together. Suggested age group, 10-18 years old.

Makaton Word Of The Fortnight – HELP

We have a new Makaton Word Of The Fortnight – HELP. Below are some drawn images of the sign and an activity sheet full of ideas on how to incorporate the sign HELP into a variety of everyday activities. There is also a short video clip demonstrating how to sign the word .

Happy signing 👐


Santa Parade

Our local Dobbies (Aberdeen) on the Lang Stracht is hosting a Parade for Santa’s arrival on Sunday 24th November at 11am. The short Parade will start from our warehouse and move round to the Main entrance door all on flat ground, led by Pipers and drummers, Santa, Dobbie our Reindeer character, 2 donkeys (real ones), and dancers.
They would like to invite some children from the school to join the parade. If your child would like to join in please let us know and we can pass the information onto Dobbies.

Shared Care Scotland Holiday Survey

Shared Care Scotland are conducting research into holiday provision for children with ASN. If you would like to participate, you can share your views through their online surveys using the links below.

There are three surveys:

1. A survey for disabled children and young people aged 5 to 18 will provide a vehicle to hear the voices and views of young people. This can be found at: Young people are encouraged to complete the online survey, with support from mum, dad, a teacher or a support worker.

2. Parent carers have the chance to complete their own survey at This will build up a unique national picture of the experiences of parent carers and the challenges they face.

3. In order to understand how support agencies and local service providers attempt to offer activities, programmes, and support to families for disabled children and young people, a third survey plans to gather their views. This is at

City Moves Dancelive Festival

As part of the Citymoves Dance Agency Dancelive Festival, Indepen-dance, an award winning inclusive dance company based in Glasgow for disabled and non-disabled people will be performing as well as hosting a workshop. Their artistic approach is to ensure the arts and dance in particular, is inclusive, and that disabled children, young people and adults are fully included in the creative process of making performing and being an audience for dance.

The tickets for the show are £12.00 (£9.00 Concession) and the tickets for Workshops are £5.00. If you book both together it would be £15.00 (£10.00 Concession).
To Book Email:

Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | The Anatomy Rooms | 5pm
111 (one hundred and eleven) is a powerful duel between two exceptional dancers as they explore their different strengths and vulnerabilities.
Created and performed by Joel Brown and Eve Mutso

Sunday, October 20th | Schoolhill Studio | 11.00 and 12.30
Inclusive Dance Workshop from Indepen-dance
11.00-12.00, For under 16 years of age.
12.30-13.30, For over 16 years of age.

Our workshops are designed to provide the participants with an introduction to inclusive dance and creative movement, our experienced dance workshop leaders will share their skills, knowledge and insight into inclusive dance practice for groups with diverse abilities and will involve the workshop participants in a typical Indepen-dance creative movement workshop.
The creative movement workshop will be practical, stimulating, physical and should be good fun.

You can find all the details on:

Aberdeen Play Forum

Aberdeen Play Forum have a range of free activities happening across the city during the October holidays. There is no need to book, just turn up and enjoy. However, if you would like more information, please contact Melanie Jaffrey on the contact details in the posters below


Makaton Word Of The Fortnight – GO

We have a new Makaton Word Of The Fortnight – GO!

Below you will find a short video clip demonstrating how to sign GO as well as an activity sheet with ideas for ways to incorporate the sign into a range of everyday tasks and games.

This has also been posted on the Orchard Brae School Makaton Support Facebook page

Happy signing 👐