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Makaton with Holly Cannon-Taylor

Meet Holly
Makaton Ambassador Tutor

Hello, I’m Holly and I’m #MadeByDyslexia - expect creative thinking & creative spelling!

I have been working with children and adults with additional needs since 2008. Starting out in a hospital for patients who had learning difficulties as well as mental health difficulties, I moved to education and began volunteering with The National Autistic Society in 2011 as a befriender and other various roles. Currently, I deliver Autism Awareness talks.


From my time working in the hospital, I was very keen to learn Makaton. In 2012, I was very fortunate to work with two amazing SEN teachers, who were also Makaton Tutors. 
While both Tutors were incredibly supportive of my journey, one in particular became a mentor during my Makaton Tutor Training. I licenced as a Makaton Tutor in 2016, later completing my training to become an Ambassador for The Makaton Charity.

In 2019, I qualified as a teacher, working in both SEN and Mainstream settings as well as private tutoring and working with families through Respite Care & Community Support.


What I Specialize In

Makaton Tutor




Makaton is a unique language programme that uses speech, signs and symbols to enable people to communicate.

I thoroughly enjoyed the workshops 1-4, so informative. Holly is extremely knowledgeable and able to correct you in a kind and compassionate way. 

I look forward to doing more courses with Holly. 

I can’t recommend her and the course more. So much fun.

 - Kirsty

“I was a bit apprehensive about doing the Safeguarding workshop, as I knew that we would be taught the signs for intimate body parts, and I thought this would be embarrassing. But I needn’t have worried as Holly was totally professional and put us all at ease right from the start. It also highlighted, for me, the different areas of a caring profession, and gave a reality as to why we do Makaton Safeguarding. Thanks Holly, you gave me confidence to use these signs in a mainstream school and make using them more natural.”

- Angela

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