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Foundation training is for anyone who would like to learn how to effectively use our innovative and award-winning approach to support people with communication difficulties. Foundation training can be undertaken face to face or online. See below for more details. 

This training will help you to:

  • Use Talking Mats to support the children and adults you work with to share their feelings, thoughts and views.  
  • Reflect on your own communication.
  • Learn how issues that arise can be explored further through careful planning. 
  • Discover our Talking Mats research and evidence base. 
  • Connect with practitioners around the world.

You can see training and resource options in our shop.

Face to Face

Face to face training is delivered by specialist Talking Mats tutors, and can be undertaken in one of two ways; the two-part course and the one-day course.

The Two-part Course

This course is delivered over two half-days near our headquarters in Stirling. It is structured to allow participants time to reflect and develop their own communication skills between the two sessions, which are held 4-6 weeks apart.

The One-day Course

This course is delivered in one day and we combine hands-on experience of Talking Mats with role-play, discussion and reflection of the use of the tool in a variety of real-life situations.

Upcoming Face to Face Training

We are so pleased to say that our face-to-face training will be back in 2022. Watch this space for updates on when and where it will be taking place


This course is ideal for anyone who prefers a flexible learning experience at a self-guided pace.  There are 4 modules consisting of;

Module 1: What is a Talking Mat

Module 2: The evidence supporting Talking Mats and who can use it

Module 3: The benefits of using a Talking Mat for the listener and the thinker

Module 4: Using Talking Mats creatively

Each module has a teaching section and an activity which may be watching a short film clip, a quiz, reading or contributing your ideas, questions and comments to the group forum.  The final module requires a short film of you carrying out a mat and your thoughts on how this went.

The course is completed over a period of 6 weeks and we estimate it involves 12 hours of learning.  There are no live sessions.  Your learning is supported by personalised feedback from Talking Mats tutors.

Book now to secure your place on one of our online Foundation courses.  We have courses beginning on:

  • 8th February 2022
  • 8th March 2022
  • 5th April 2022
  • 3rd May 2022