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Find out how Talking Mats is used in a wide variety of settings, including the following examples.



Talking Mats and Education

Talking Mats has been used with children and young people in nursery, school and further education. Finding out about student’s views and really involving them in their education planning can be a challenge. Talking Mats has been shown to be a very accessible picture-based communication tool for schools and teachers to use.

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Talking Mats and Health

The evidence-based framework of Talking Mats enables healthcare staff and patients to communicate effectively together. The research that underpins Talking Mats has involved people with different communication disabilities, for example, Stroke, Dementia and Learning Disability, and it is used by a wide range of healthcare professionals, including nurses, psychologies, therapists and advocates.

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Talking Mats and Social Work

Many people using social work services have communication difficulties. Finding out about clients’ views and involving them in their care planning can be a challenge. Talking Mats has been shown to be a useful symbol-based communication tool for social workers to use to help clients be involved, contribute and give their views.

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Talking Mats and Residential Care

Find out how Talking Mats is used to help ensure that people with communication disability are at the centre of planning and involved in decisions about their residential care. It is used in a variety of ways in residential care, for example, for helping staff to quickly get to know the residents they are caring for, helping people to remain involved in planning their care, or finding out residents’ views on the quality of service delivery.

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