Talking and listening to Teenagers

Teens are comfortable using communication tools in the form of social media. They can feel less comfortable with direct communication and often find it hard to put their feelings into words. Using a Talking Mat when talking to teenagers provides a communication tool which takes the focus off face to face interaction. It gives a thinking space to […]

Talking Mats and Health

Talking Mats is an evidence-based framework that enables health care staff and patients to communicate effectively together. The research that underpins Talking Mats has involved people with a wide range of communication difficulties, for example, Stroke Dementia Learning disability Children with Additional Support Needs Talking Mats was designed by Speech and Language Therapists but is also […]

Talking Mats and Education

Consulting Children and Young People in Education Involving children and young people in making the decisions that affect their lives, increases their motivation to succeed. Listening and responding to their views helps interventions to be more targeted and effective. The legislative and policy frameworks : “Getting it Right for Every Child” (GIRFEC) in Scotland and the […]


We have carried out a range of projects focusing on communication disability over the last three decades. Details of all our projects and reports are listed below. If you would like a copy of any of our reports please click on the links below Self-managing Long Term Conditions Smartly: Final Report incorporating all 3 reports to funder […]


We have a portfolio of over one hundred research publications – all focusing on communication disability. We are restricted  by copyright limitations and therefore cannot send all of these to you but if you cannot find the publications through other sources then please email us at  and we will send you a PDF of the ones […]