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An Interview with Joan Murphy, Founder of Talking Mats

Last week, Laura Holmes, our NW England Associate, had the pleasure of interviewing our inspirational Founder, Joan Murphy. Joan will be retiring after our Talking Mats 21 event on 15th August 2019 and so this was a great opportunity to find out more about her Talking Mats experiences: Are there any stand-out moments for you, […]

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What is Talking Mats? An Interview with Lois Cameron

Many thanks to Jenny Trott for our new guest blog about her interview with Talking Mats Director, Lois Cameron – Jenny’s video provides some great information about the Talking Mats approach and our original and digital resources: A year ago I started my YouTube channel ( as a way of supporting parents and carers with information and inspiration. […]

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Talking Mats is 21

We are all looking forward to celebrating Talking Mats is 21 on the 15th August The morning is aimed at people who are experienced Talking Mats practitioners and will extend thinking and Talking Mats practice. There are an interesting range of parallel sessions to choose from. Each participant will get to choose three topics to […]

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Using AAC: Remembering the Importance of Communicating Offline

Many thanks to Joan Murphy, our Talking Mats Founder, for this great blog sharing Jeppe Forchhammer’s thoughts about the importance of social communication – communicating ‘offline’  – for AAC users: I met Jeppe Forchhammer at the 2019 ISAAC Conference in Denmark. We had an interesting conversation about the importance of social communication for AAC users and […]

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Using Talking Mats as a ‘Thinking Tool’ for Student Supervision

Here Laura Holmes, our North-West England Associate, describes how she used Talking Mats to support mid and end of placement reviews with a Speech and Language Therapy Student: I am very familiar with using Talking Mats to help the children I work with to express their views and opinions – to give them a voice […]

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