Talking Mats Courses - Supported Decision Making for Complex Communication Needs

Professional development (PD) New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 23 January 2020
Notice reference #: 1HA4g_

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.

Participants have included Occupational Therapists, Dieticians, Doctors, Nurses, Advocacy Workers, Service Planners, Social Workers, Speech-Language Therapists, Care Workers, Teachers, Rehabilitation Assistants, Researchers, Psychologists.

Clients can include people with a learning disability, stroke, dementia, neurological difficulties, mental health issues, the elderly, children and young people.

This one-day Foundation Training Course delivered by Talking Mats Accredited Trainers, 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, experience 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 with communication difficulties 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) and will also have access to purchasing further sets at a much-reduced price. Participants select a resource most suited for their client group to accompany their training from the sets available on the day. 

Events summary

New Zealand (nationwide)

17 February 2020 – 01 December 2020

Further information

Contact: Paula Shennan

 (027) 474 4559