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About me,
Karen Soehnle BA (Hons)

I used Makaton for many years in my role as a Course Director and lecturer in a local further education college, where I taught students with learning difficulties/disabilities for nearly 20 years.

Using Makaton with my students had a positive impact on their lives; increasing their communication skills, improves their confidence and self esteem, and helping to develop their independent living skills.

I am passionate about using Makaton and this passion drove me to become a regional Makaton tutor; enabling me to share my passion for inclusion and this unique language programme.

I currently use my Makaton skills working two day's a week with adults in a day centre setting and teaching Makaton face to face and online and SENCo levels 3 & 4  for QUEST direct professional services in Dubai.



"Thank you so much.  There aren't the words Karen", Denise Levels 3 & 4 February 2024


"Very professional and friendly" Kerry level 2 January 2024

"AMAZING" Denise Levels 1 & 2 October 2023

" Having never done any Makaton before completing these 'courses, I could not have pictured myself being as confident in using Makaton as I am now.  Karen is incredibly passionate about teaching Makaton and it was a delight to be part of the sessions, Thank you" Victoria Level 1 & 2 July 2023

" The tutor has given me confidence to support my sons level of communication.  She not only taught us the level 1 but supported us and helped with questions and advice.  I will be continuing to level 2" Grace  Level 1 March 2023

"Excellent sessions. Really enthusiastic and helpful tutor. Karen really helped me to appreciate what a great tool Makaton is for being able to give independence to those with communication needs." Katerina Level 1 February 2023

"Ms. Karen delivered the workshop in a beneficial, enjoyable, and professional way.  I want to continue the rest of the levels with her." Basma, Dubai, Level 1 February 2023

"Great workshop Karen is a fantastic tutor that makes learning enjoyable.  You can tell she is very passionate about Makaton" Kat Combined level 1&2 September 2022

"Very well delivered and it is clear Karen has a real passion for Makaton and Inclusion" Emily Level 1 June 2022


"Thank you so much for running such a fun and engaging course" Helen Level 4 June 2022


"Really fun, interactive and informative .  I would highly recommend parents and teachers to learn or expand their Makaton knowledge", Emily Level 1 March 2022


"Very good, so happy that I have completed this course.  Karen was super knowledgeable and really took her time to explain things we may not have understood right away", Zoe Level 1 March 2022

"The training has been of such a high quality. Karen is an excellent tutor and is inspiring in her approach to Makaton.  I only wish there was a Level 5 to go on to study!" Jacqueline Level 4 Jan 2022

"I joined Karen's Level 1 & 2 training so was keen to have the same tutor for Level 3 and 4 and any future ones because she is amazing! Her enthusiasm and keenness to "put Makaton out there" is infectious and she is a real Makaton champ!" Sarah Level 3  participant December 2021


" Excellent training.  I enjoyed both days very much.  Karen is so encouraging and really makes you feel like you can succeed.  I have already noticed a huge difference in work after level one and cant wait to put my new skills into practice". Elaine Level 1 December 2021

"The training was excellent.  It provided enough time to learn new material and embed it. Karen is extremely engaging and lead the course at a good pace" Kate combined level 1 & 2 August 2021


"As a beginner learning Makaton the overall experience was very enjoyable. The tutor was very knowledgeable and experienced. I would 100% recommend to my colleague to do the Makaton course with Karen. It was brilliant!" Ellan Level 1 Jan 2021

"Karen the tutor was very knowledgeable, passionate and fun.  The course was very well run and straight away I used everything I learnt in my sessions at college the next day. Very enjoyable!" Sonia Level 1 March 2021

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