Can Talking Mats help young people set targets?


Involving young people in making decisions that affect their education can be both challenging and time consuming.┬áMargo Mackay has just completed a research project, funded by NHS Forth Valley, which examined whether using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health – Children and Youth Version (ICF-CY) can be usefully combined with Talking Mats to provide a practical framework for decision making and target setting. It tested whether:

  1. combining Talking Mats and the ICF-CY framework was acceptable to secondary pupils with complex needs, and
  2. using the information obtained from them is helpful in setting targets for their Individual Education Plans

The project found that Talking Mats, when combined with ICF-CY, is a powerful tool with the potential to greatly enhance the nature of partnerships between pupils, parents and professionals.

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