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Introducing our New Talking Mats Honorary Research Associate

The Talking Mats Board is delighted to appoint Dr Jill Bradshaw from the Tizard Centre, University of Kent, to the position of honorary research associate. This is our first appointment of this kind. Talking Mats is an evidence-based framework and research is important to us – but that research needs to be much more diverse, […]

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Do you think you are worth it? Using Talking Mats to provide a reflective space for clinicians

In our latest blog, Rachel Woolcomb, Talking Mats OT Associate, discusses how Talking Mats can support Reflective Practice for Occupational Therapists. Taking time out to stop and reflect on our practice can be a challenge. We convince ourselves there are more important things to do, people to see, targets to meet, and therefore we just […]

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Talking Mats in Cyprus – Another pin in the map

  Many thanks to our Talking Mats Founder, Dr Joan Murphy, for this latest blog talking about the training course she recently delivered at the Cyprus University of Technology. Cyprus is a beautiful Mediterranean island with a population of approximately 1 million. I was invited by Dr Eliada Pampoulou to run a 2-day course on Talking […]

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When Supported People can Help Others Improve their Support

Many thanks to Paddy Carstairs, Development Worker (NIN) at ARC Scotland, for this guest blog describing the recent Talking Mats ‘Charter for Involvement’ project.   The National Involvement Network (NIN) is a large group of people who get support from different organisations across Scotland. Members meet to share ideas and experiences of being involved in […]

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Supporting Communication – Secondary-Aged Pupils with SEBN

Many thanks to Lynn Blair, SLT (NHS North Lanarkshire) for writing this guest blog describing a recent project in which she and her colleagues used Talking Mats to gather the thoughts of secondary-aged pupils with social, emotional and behavioural support needs: Do you remember your school janitor? Was he/she a cheery soul who you enjoyed talking to?  Perhaps […]

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