We were delighted to get funding from the Big Lottery to deliver a Talking Mats training to parents and carers in Perth, Scotland. The feedback from this pilot group, (who have primary school aged children with speech, language and communication needs), will be used to develop a training course specifically for parents and carers, and design a Talking Mats resource for families to use at home.
We don’t yet know what the training and resource will be like. This will be designed with the parents when they have completed the training. Will it be a set for the digital app, or a mat and cards? Will the training be online or a face to face course? Exciting!
We will then apply for further funding to develop this and make it accessible to more families.
Talking Mats helps people have better conversations. Some parents are already using Talking Mats at home to have a conversation, to support their son or daughter to express how they feel about a topic or say when somethings wrong. Here’s a link to a blog about how Talking Mats helped a parent find out why her 4 year old daughter was getting upset at the thought of going to nursery https://www.talkingmats.com/mummy-i-dont-want-to-go-to-nursery-today/
We’re always keen to hear what topics would be useful to explore with children and young people with communication difficulties. Get in touch with your ideas via Facebook, Twitter @TalkingMats or firstname.lastname@example.org