Talking Mats and Autism- Have you sometimes tried it and it didn’t work?
Being asked for thoughts or views can be difficult for some people with communication difficulties. In particular, there is a group of people with autism where some of the core principles of Talking Mats have to be taught in stages. Some thinkers will just ‘get it’ and find it a valuable tool for sharing their thoughts and for supporting decision making. For others there may have to be adaptations and /or specific teaching e.g. the vocabulary of the top scale. We heard recently of a student in a specialist centre who couldn’t use Talking Mats. However the staff would include him in groups where it was used and make sure he was around others doing Mats. After a few years, he did learn the principles and go on to use it effectively.
We have gathered ideas and knowledge from practitioners working in the field of autism and included these on our web-site under Free Stuff on Communication Disability. ASD guidelines It’s important that these guidelines grow and adapt as we learn more about using TM with an even wider range of people.
A seminar is planned in Stirling on the 1st of February 2018 to explore the use of Talking Mats with people who have autism. If you are interested in attending this twilight session 4.00pm to 6.00 pm (cost £20.00), please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org