Last week was a difficult week as we collectively tried to come to terms with the impact of Corona virus and social distancing on our families, our lives and our work. It was hard to get your head around the life altering actions that we have to take to protect ourselves and the lives of the wider community.
One of the things we in Talking Mats felt we could do was help people with communication difficulties understand what they could and could not do. We developed an easy read resource based on the World Health Organisation recommendations and their traffic light system. It seems to have struck a chord. The response has been amazing with lots of sharing on various social media platforms, currently approaching a reach of 40,000 on Facebook plus more on Twitter, and comments like
‘My 85-year-old mother was not getting it. This has really helped me to have the conversation with her’
‘This is fantastic and not just for people with communication difficulties. Processing and making sense is hard for us all at the moment ‘
‘This will help a lot of very anxious children at the moment
However, things are changing fast and since we made this Easy Read resource on Thursday 19th March, restrictions have tightened so here we made Version 2 on Monday then the Government brought in further restrictions that evening so we developed version 3 20200324 coronvirus easy read v3_. We are hoping that everyone complies and we do not need to do a further update .
We are being advised that the language of social distancing is shifting to physical distancing. It is important for mental health and well-being that we stay connected – just not physically connected. Thank goodness for telephones and the digital age.
Stay safe all