How do you feel about starting school?

Laura’s 4 year old twin boys are just about to start school and she was finding it difficult to have  a proper chat with them about how they are feeling. She wanted to think about how best to help them prepare for the transition from nursery so used Talking Mats. We have done lots of ‘practice mats’ over […]

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Keeping Safe and Safeguarding

The Talking Mats  Keeping Safe Learning Disability projects ends but a resource that promotes safeguarding and well-being  continues. The Keeping Safe Talking Mat provides a structured framework to ask someone ’How’s your life going?  We are grateful to the Scottish Government Keys to Life monies for funding the trials. Impact of use of the resource […]

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Nelson Mandela

Considering Mental Capacity

When considering someone’s mental capacity its is important to bear in mind that the right to self-determination is enshrined in law. In 1948 Eleanor Roosevelt, as the chair of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, was the driving force in creating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Act (1948). Since 1948 there have been laws […]

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Involving More People in service evaluation

Involving people with a learning disability in service evaluation is both essential and challenging. Maria Lavery speech and language therapist, and her colleagues in North and South Lanarkshire are using Talking Mats to get feedback about the service they deliver for people with a learning disability . They want to find out about what people feel […]

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Talking Mats to support conversations in a hospice setting

We are currently working to develop a Talking Mats resource to support conversations relating to Advance Care Planning (ACP) with staff and patients from Strathcarron Hospice. People who use hospices often have specific difficulties communicating their thoughts and feelings because of advanced illness and emotional factors. Sixteen staff from the multidisciplinary team at Strathcarron Hospice […]

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