Talking Mats Foundation Training 1-day Course

Professional development (PD) Waikato, Tasman/Nelson, Canterbury

Posted: 19 September 2019
Notice reference #: 1H9ytx

Talking Mats® has the potential for use with a wide range of people. It is a visual framework, which helps people think about issues and provides them with a way of expressing their views more easily.

Could Talking Mats help you?

Previous course participants have included: teachers, parents/whānau, teacher aides, psychologists, occupational therapists, counsellors, dieticians, doctors, nurses, advocacy workers, service planners, social workers, speech-language therapists, care workers, rehabilitation assistants, researchers.

Talking Mats can be used as a tool with anyone, but can be particularly useful for people with communication and learning challenges. It can be used to provide students with a voice in IEPs and parent teacher interviews. 

Course format:

This one-day Foundation Training Course delivered by Talking Mats Accredited Trainers from TalkLink/Talking Trouble Aotearoa NZ, combines 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. The morning will provide background information, opportunities to use Talking Mats, useful models to think about communication and complexity of language. There will also be film footage of a range of people using Talking Mats. The afternoon will focus on using Talking Mats in real life situations and planning how to develop its use in participants’ own work environment.  

Each participant will receive a resource as part of the course (three sets of option cards). Participants select a resource most suited for their client group to accompany their training from the sets available on the day. They also learn how to create their own resources. 

Fee: $250 per person (including GST). Fee includes a Talking Mats symbol set of your choosing.

Morning and afternoon tea provided. BYO lunch. 

We can deliver this training at other locations in 2020 – please contact us to discuss.  

Events summary


16 October 2019 – 16 October 2019


21 October 2019 – 21 October 2019


11 November 2019 – 11 November 2019

Further information

Contact: TalkLink

 (0800) TALKLINK (0800) 825 554