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.
"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
"Great training - we covered a lot of material in a relaxed but focused way". Vicki 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