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ISAAC Pittsburgh

I am stuck overnight at Pittsburgh airport on my way home after a week at the ISAAC (International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) Biennial Conference. Feel a bit like Tom Hanks in the ‘Terminal’ as the same happened on the way out at Newark Airport! Anyway, it was a great conference – lots of […]

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Extending the reach of Talking Mats in non-traditional settings

Several groups discussed ideas of extending the reach of Talking Mats at our seminar day in June. Here are the main themes which emerged from the group thinking about non-traditional settings: Using Talking Mats with people with mental health issues To build trust and relationships as Talking Mats has been proven to improve engagement Helps […]

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Can Talking Mats be used in research and evaluation?

A theme from our Seminar: Using Talking Mats in research and evaluation The 4 main discussions which emerged from this theme were: 1.How to evaluate the effectiveness of Talking Mats – this has been done in several projects which are listed on the Talking Mats website as well as by other researchers 2.Using Talking Mats […]

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Talking Mats Seminar

We had a very enjoyable and stimulating day yesterday at our Talking Mats seminar whose theme was ‘Extending the Reach and Use of Talking Mats’. We had 40 participants from throughout the UK and beyond who are all trained in the use of Talking Mats and were delighted that 5 colleagues from Sweden joined us. The […]

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A Right to Speak

On 12th June The Scottish Government published: A Right to Speak: Supporting Individuals who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication The report provides guidance to be used by people who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), their families, strategic and operational heads within health boards, local authority social work and education departments and the voluntary sector. At […]

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