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Opening Up Conversations with Young People

Many thanks to Natalie Paris, CashBack 180 Project Lead for our latest guest blog.  Natalie shares some powerful examples of how Talking Mats has helped her to open up conversations with the young people she works with:  I joined Y2K Mayfield and Easthouses Youth 2000 Project  in February 2018 as a sessional worker looking to gain practical experience in youth work, I then became Part Time Young […]

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Talking Mats and Trauma Work

  We are delighted to share this latest guest blog from Debbie Mole, Clinical Nurse Consultant in Mental Health and Intellectual Disability for DHM Mental Health Care in Melbourne, Australia.  This is a great example of the positive impact Talking Mats can have for people who have experienced trauma. Throughout my 35 year career I have […]

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Creating a Talking Mats Podiatry Resource Set to support Patient Involvement & Engagement

Many thanks to Karen Mellon, NHS Fife Lead Podiatrist for Learning Disabilities and Care Homes, for this guest blog describing our exciting Fife Health Charity funded Talking Mats Consultancy project, aimed at supporting patients with a learning disability (LD), or dementia, to be more involved in decisions around their care.  I was initially introduced to Talking Mats by my […]

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Sex and Relationships – Using Talking Mats to assess understanding of concepts and vocabulary that keep you safe (Part Two)

Thanks to Kate Boot for the second part of her interesting blog describing her use of Talking Mats to assess and teach understanding of concepts and vocabulary related to Relationships and Sex Education, illustrating use of Talking Mats in a teaching context. Check out the first part of her blog here:  https://www.talkingmats.com/sex-and-relationships-part-one/ In the second part of this two-part blog series, I […]

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Sex and Relationships – Using Talking Mats to assess understanding of concepts and vocabulary that keep you safe (Part One)

Thanks to Kate Boot for her interesting blog describing her use of Talking Mats to assess and teach understanding of concepts and vocabulary that keep you safe.  This is part one of a two-part blog, illustrating use of Talking Mats in a teaching context.   For several of my students (young adults aged 16-25 with special educational needs and disabilities) the focus of our therapy work is […]

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