Monthly Archives: August 2012

Lovely comments


Its always very heartening to get positive feedback about what we are trying to do so here are 2 lovely comments that came in last week.

This one from Lynsey who attended our training course on Friday

‘Just to say a massive thank you for today.  It was one of the most stimulating and well thought out courses I have been to- ever! (and I’ve been to a lot!). Totally enthused and motivated to do my ‘homework’ for next session and can’t wait to get using the mats.

Thanks again,
Lynsey’

This one from Andy

‘Just thought I’d let you know that after attending training in May/June 2012 I’m using Talking Mats more and more.Recently I was able to use a talking mat with a client when they were interviewed by the police.The policeman really got the idea and effectiveness of using it too and took a photocopy of the mat away as evidence.
Don’t know if this is a first!  But just thought it might be worth mentioning.

Thanks again
Kind Regards
Andy’

Adult Protection Scotland Project (ASP3): Increasing the Reach


The final report for the project funded by the Scottish Government has been approved. This project increased the reach of the accessible communication workshop designed in 2011. The workshop aimed to raise awareness amongst people with Communication Support Needs (CSN) of their rights under the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 and to support them to understand and use the Act.  The project started in January 2012 and 51 people were trained as workshop leaders and by the end of July 20 workshops were run for people with communication support needs. The workshops proved valuable in terms of raising awareness of and understanding of issues of support and protection. Comments from participants attending included

‘Many things were covered which I did not know. I feel much more comfortable with dealing with any problems if they arise.’

‘My neighbour makes me feel unsafe and I know something can be done about it now’

‘finding out that there is no dead end that you can be helped’

A workshop leader commented

‘The sense of well-being and self-worth that most participants have described once they have understood the information about ASP is invaluable’

The incidence of disclosure was high in 8 of the 20 groups run an issue was raised which caused concern and required further investigation. Given that it is recognized that people with CSN have an increased risk of vulnerability then maybe these figures are not surprising. It emphasises the importance of the workshop to give an opportunity for people to reflect on their lives and have the confidence to report any issues of concern or potential harm.

If you want to read the full report click here 

ISAAC Pittsburgh


I am stuck overnight at Pittsburgh airport on my way home after a week at the ISAAC (International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) Biennial Conference. Feel a bit like Tom Hanks in the ‘Terminal’ as the same happened on the way out at Newark Airport!

Anyway, it was a great conference – lots of stimulating presentations and conversations. It was lovely to meet up with old friends and to make new ones – the world of AAC is a very special community.

The most significant themes I’m bringing back for Talking Mats are:

  • The explosion of App developments and how we can move forward with developing a Talking Mats App
  • Different styles and purposes of symbols
  • The use of WHO – ICF Core sets
  • Working with people at risk
  • Extending the use of our on-line training
  • Learning about Twitter and how we should use it for our business

I presented 2 papers which can be downloaded here:

  1. Using the WHO-ICF with Talking Mats® as a goal setting tool
  2. Communication difficulties and Talking Mats: the advantages and disadvantages of an on-line training course