Monthly Archives: May 2012

Can Talking Mats be used in groups?

At our recent accredited training Anne Lafferty form the Advocacy Project Glasgow described how she used Talking Mats in a group setting. She had been asked to work with a group of adults with mental health difficulties who lived together in a house but found it a challenge to relate to each other. She decided to use Talking Mats with a data projector plus lots of paper and glue . The topic was what activities they were interested in participating in and what Anne did was project each symbol one at a time onto the screen and then everyone placed their own  symbol onto their own paper Mat. She said this worked really well, the image of the symbol projected onto the wall held the groups attention but everyone had their chance to express and then share their views. Apparently the staff were amazed and really pleased about how well the tenants participated, stayed and listened to each other. Thought it worth sharing this easy and creative way to use Talking Mats in a group setting – thanks for the idea Anne

Paediatric Care Measure

Morag and Joan have just completed phase 1 of the Paediatric CARE measure project.  The CARE measure (Mercer, 2004) is a tool for health professionals to ask for feedback on their ‘relational empathy’.  For this project it has been adapted for use by children, young people and parents.  We have made several modifications to the measure and procedures following Phase 1 and are now starting phase 2 which will run until December across Lothian, Forth Valley and Tayside Health boards. All AHP professions will be invited to be involved. We hope it will be used nationally by AHPs following this project. If you would like a copy of the full Phase 1 Report please click here.
If you would like the Condensed Version please click here.

Events in May

We thought May would be a bit quieter but as you can see there is a lot on:

2nd May: Joan is running our new course on Talking Mats and Residential Care for Salvation Army Care Home Staff in Edinburgh
3rd and 4th May: Lois is running an Accredited Trainers’ course in Stirling
11th May: Jane and Margo are running part 1 of our Talking Mats course in Stirling
14th May: Lois and Sally are running a course for Falkirk Council on using Talking Mats to support Self Directed Care
16th May: Lois is speaking at RCSLT National Study Day at Queen Margaret University College
30th May: Joan is speaking at the Scottish AAC SIG in Fife