Moving from Primary to Secondary school – pupils share their views of transition

Moving from a primary school to secondary school can be a daunting prospect for children. Whilst schools understand the need to prepare the children for the transition process, due to time constraints, the focus tends to be on group visits to the new school rather than one to one support for individual children. The challenge therefore […]

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Talking Mats and OT- a winning combination

We are grateful to Rachel Woolcomb OT,  for sharing this Talking mats story. Within my occupational therapy practice I have found Talking Mats to be an excellent thinking tool to help my clients establish their priorities for therapy. I was asked to work with a teenage girl who had sustained a brain injury resulting in […]

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Intermediaries for Justice Conference

It was great to be able to attend the Intermediaries for Justice Conference on the 9th May in City University London. From the very beginning there was a real buzz of excitement in the room. Intermediaries demonstrated throughout the day their commitment and passion for their job despite frequently working in difficult circumstances as well […]

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Why does Talking Mats work?

One of the reasons why Talking Mats works is because it reduces the demand on the ‘thinker’ to remember the question, find the vocabulary needed to answer, construct the answer into a sentence, and then say it clearly.  This reduced demand allows more ‘thinking time’. Here’s a link to our website with more reasons why […]

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Learning Conversations – How do I feel about what I do and the support I get?

Thanks to Laura Holmes for this blog about the support she gets from Talking Mats for ‘Learning Conversations’ with the children she works with. I use Talking Mats for a variety of purposes in my role as a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) for NHS Stockport Children’s Therapy Services Team, working with children with speech, language and […]

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