A tool to help those difficult conversations

I like my iPad and I LOVE the new Talking Mats app. My 89 year old mum lives on her own about 2 hours from where I live and enjoys looking at photos on my iPad Mum has ‘all her marbles’, as the saying goes, and freely expresses her extreme views on current affairs, politics […]

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effective communication

What do we mean by communication effectiveness?

The final part of my keynote talk at the AAC Conference in Helsinki last month focused on what we mean by communication effectiveness. It is important to be able to determine the effectiveness / success of an interaction between two people, whether they are politicians, parent and child, husband and wife….. people using AAC systems […]

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The importance of social etiquette

In my last blog I wrote about the purposes of human communication and suggested that social closeness is essential for effective communication. Janice Light, in her 1988 model, described social etiquette as the ability to conform to social conventions of politeness and one of the key purposes of communication. I believe that social etiquette has […]

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What are the main purposes of human communication?

For those of us who work or live with people with communication difficulties it’s important that we consider the purposes of human communication. As long ago as 1988 Janice Light suggested that there were 4 main purposes and we believe this is still a good model to bear in mind. (Light, J. (1988) “Interaction involving […]

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Helping people with dementia go to the dentist

Not many people enjoy going to the dentist but it can be a real problem for people with communication disabilities. Recently I wrote about using Talking Mats in a care home to find out the views of an elderly lady with communication difficulties and dementia who had lost her dentures.  click here. Using the mats, she was […]

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