Using Talking Mats to Explore How Children and Young People with an Intellectual Disability Feel About Undergoing Clinical Procedures

Many thanks to Greg Cigan for this great blog about his study that explored how children and young people with an intellectual disability feel about undergoing clinical procedures. A clinical procedure is any activity performed by a healthcare practitioner to diagnose, monitor and/or treat an illness such as blood pressure testing, x-rays and other scans […]

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Talking Mats ‘Weigh to Health’ for adults with a learning disability

Many thanks to Shirley Rush Health Facilitator at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust for this great blog about using TM as a ‘weigh to health’. Following my Talking Mats (TM) training I had the opportunity, as a health facilitator, to use TM in an adapted ‘Weigh to Health’ course. This course encouraged people with […]

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Happy Christmas from Talking Mats

Talking Mat would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas 2106 has certainly been a busy year for us at Talking Mats. We have seen some staff changes saying goodbye to Jill hall and welcoming Morag Crawford. We were delighted when we brought Kirsty  onto our staff . Kirsty originally volunteered with us as […]

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Adding your own images to the Digital Talking Mats

We have received a number of requests to create a guide to adding your own images and creating submats with Digital Talking Mats and this blog will show you how. One of the features of Talking Mats is that we have developed a number of different symbol resources based on our research and clinical practice […]

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Talking Mats course for the  National Involvement Network (NIN) 

  This blog describes the foundation Talking Mats course we ran for members of the National Involvement Network. Following the seminars and the work to design a Charter for Involvement ‘Taking Part Talking Mat’ described in a previous blog , 16 people attended our  course run over three days with about a month between each […]

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