Talking Mats online course

On-line Talking Mats Foundation Course

We have recently revised and updated our on-line Talking Mats foundation course . It now runs over 6 weeks and is designed to take an average of 12 hours of your time.   Participants can go at the pace that suits them so for example in the last course one person completed in 2 weeks and […]

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Helping parents see their child’s point of view

Talking Mats is a useful tool to help parents see their child’s point of view. The stage for each parent when their child also has an opinion about what is best for them can come as a surprise and is sometimes challenging.  For parents of children with disabilities it can be even more so. This story […]

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Talking Mats & ASD – developing social communication.

Talking Mats and Autism- Have you sometimes tried it and it didn’t work? There is a growing interest in teaching TM to people with ASD. We know that some important adaptations might be required to make this a meaningful experience, and are keen to share our learning so far. Being asked for thoughts or views […]

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Using one symbol set for different purposes

  It’s not necessary to use every symbol in each topic set to have a successful conversation. The Talking Mats symbol sets have a range of options, some concrete and some abstract (more difficult for some to understand)  You don’t need to use every symbol in your set! People have found the Work/Education set in the Health […]

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What really matters

This story, which highlights the importance of finding out what really matters to people, was shared by one of the staff attending the second day of an enhanced Talking Mats training course. She works in a NHS facility for people assessed as needing hospital-based continuing care. I was working with Bill (not his real name) […]

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