2. Communication Needs within Youth Justice – Part 1: On 17th April 2017, we organised a seminar to look at underlying issues and share good practice when addressing the communication needs of people in youth justice. We had representatives from: the Scottish government, the NHS; Third sector organisations working in youth justice, the police, social workers, professional bodies, universities and social work – from as far afield as New Zealand. The emphasis from the start was that understanding communication is key to improving service delivery. https://www.talkingmats.com/communication-needs-in-youth-justice/
3. Communication Needs within Youth Justice – Part 2: The afternoon session of our seminar on 17.04.17 continued the underlying theme that communication support needs are often hidden and many looked after children have support needs that remain unidentified. The outcome of the day was the establishment of a collaborative network. https://www.talkingmats.com/youth-justice-and-communication-needs-2/
Do you want to introduce Talking Mats to people with a communication disability and autism, but know they will need support to learn it?
We are holding a 2 hour seminar on the 1st of February in Stirling to share ways of supporting people with autism to learn to use Talking Mats and express their thoughts.Twilight ASD Seminar
Do you want to help people think about the future and what they might want to have in place at end of life? Talking Mats and Strathcarron Hospice have developed a powerful new resource to support these sensitive conversations and an advanced course is being held in Stirling on the 21st February and in London 27th of March http://www.talkingmats.com/training/specialist-seminars/
These opportunities are only open to people who have attended Foundation training
Talking Mats and Autism- Have you sometimes tried it and it didn’t work?
There is a growing interest in teaching TM to people with ASD. We know that some important adaptations might be required to make this a meaningful experience, and are keen to share our learning so far.
Being asked for thoughts or views can be difficult for some people with communication difficulties. In particular, there is a group of people with autism where some of the core principles of Talking Mats have to be taught in stages. Some thinkers will just ‘get it’ and find it a valuable tool for sharing their thoughts and for supporting decision making. For others there may have to be adaptations and /or specific teaching e.g. the vocabulary of the top scale. We heard recently of a student in a specialist centre who couldn’t use Talking Mats. However the staff would include him in groups where it was used and make sure he was around others doing Mats. After a few years, he did learn the principles and go on to use it effectively.
We have gathered ideas and knowledge from practitioners working in the field of autism and included these on our web-site under Free Stuff on Communication Disability. ASD guidelines It’s important that these guidelines grow and adapt as we learn more about using TM with an even wider range of people.
We’ve arranged a twilight session here at Stirling on the 1st of February 2018 to bring together practitioners working in the field of autism to extend our knowledge and encourage a staged approach to effective use of Talking Mats.
We’re delighted that Ruth Chalmers, Principal Teacher for Autism Spectrum Info and Support Team (ASIST) in Fife will be joining us to talk about developing social communication skills using Talking Mats. There will be time for small group chat so bring along a case you want to discuss.
Please share the attached flier 201802 AsD seminar with your network and we hope you can join us
Please come along and If you are interested in attending this twilight session 4.00pm to 6.00 pm (cost £20.00), please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org