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Talking Mats is a tool to facilitate expression of opinion, choices, ideas and preferences.  If you believe that every individual has the right to communicate, then this is an invaluable tool towards achieving this. It works within a partnership structure where the "thinker" creates a "Talking Mat" around a topic, issue or question.  The "listener" utilises specific strategies to provide a safe, non-judgemental context for the interaction.  The "thinker" may be a person who verbalises and manipulates the symbol cards or the the "thinker" may have limited speech or a Complex Communication Need (CNN) and may indicate where to place the symbols cards. Talking Mats is an innovative and award-winning communication symbol-based tool under-pinned by extensive research and designed by Speech and Language Therapists in Scotland. It uses unique, specially designed picture communication symbols that are attractive to all ages and communication abilities and is used by clinical practitioners, carers and support workers in a wide range of health, social work, residential and education settings.  

 

TRAINING in TALKING MATS:

Please see the training link for further information about Talking Mats Training.

The resources are available at the lower price for those who have a certificate in Talking Mats Foundation Training. 

Talking Mats is an research-based tool to help people think about a topic or issue, and communicate their opinions, ideas and preferences more effectively.

Please go to the DETAILS tab for the details about the original resources available for purchase.

Further pictorial information is available at the Talking Mats YouTube Channel. 

The Original Resources are the physical symbol cards, organised into topics and sets, used with your mat.

The Digital Resource is the App available through iTunes. Additional digital resources are available through the Talking Mats website


Talking Mats can be used:

  • for getting to know someone
  • for developing relationships
  • to plan activities
  • for involvement in goal setting 
  • to determine outcomes
  • to plan communication passports
  • for involvement in person-centred planning
  • to express views at a meeting
  • to explore differences of opinion
  • to explore sensitive issues
  • to be involved in group discussion
  • for user consultation and involvement in service planning
  • to promote inclusion
  • in organisation and recruitment
  • for work training and staff reviews

Please check out the EVENTS page for the training options.

Visit the founder of Talking Mats; view videos, read blogs and view resources Go to TALKING MATS website U.K. 

Symbol Resources: Original Single Packages

These are topic sets which contain 3 (or in the case of Communication - 4) topics in the one pack.  You receive all topics in the set and an A6 postcard for each topic, containing the thumbnail images.
Some sets have an additional booklet with suggestions and discussion about using the topic.

New bundles

The bundles are being released for purchase in Australia now.

These include 3 bundles as follows:

Pricing below in the price list table under BUNDLES.

Health & Well-Being Bundle

The Talking Mats Health and Well-being resource helps people with a communication difficulty to understand, think about and then express their views in a visual way using specially designed communication symbols. It takes a holistic view of the person by exploring a wide range of 13 topics on everyday life. It is based on the World Health Organisation ICF framework and makes it meaningful and accessible.

INCLUDED:

  • Talking Mats Carry Bag with shoulder strap
  • Health & Well-Being Booklet
  • Health & Well_being Topic Symbols & leaflet
  • 3 DVDs of Talking Mats case stories
  1. Dementia
  2. Aphasia
  3. Learning Disability
  • 4 x Resources (13 topics):
  1. Leisure (Away)
  2. Communication (Understanding, Expression, Learning & Thinking and Relationships)
  3. Looking After Yourself (Domestic Life, Self-care and Work & Education
  4. Health (Health, Coping and Mobility)

Consulting Children & Young People Bundle

The Children and Young People’s resource helps children and young people to become more involved in the decisions that affect their lives. Listening and responding to their views helps interventions to become more targeted and effective. It gives a holistic picture of how a child or young person feels about their lives at home, at school and in the community. At each stage the following 3 areas are covered.

My Body and skills – how the child is growing and developing
What I do and my support – the child’s experience of activities and the support they receive
My Wider World – the child’s experience of the communities where they grow up

This makes the GIRFEC and WHO ICF-CY frameworks meaningful and accessible.
(GIRFEC – Getting It Right for Every Child Scotland)  (WHO ICF-CY- World Health Organisation International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health – Children and Young People)

INCLUDED:

Talking Mats Carry Bag with shoulder strap
CCYP Poster
Health & Well_being Topic Symbols & leaflet
1 DVDs of Talking Mats case stories: Young People in Care

3 x Resources (9 topics with booklets):

  1. Early Years
  2. Primary
  3. Secondary

Complete Bundle

This is the VALUE bundle, being the most economical way to purchase all standard sets.

Included in the bundle is:

  • Talking Mats Bag
  • Health & Well-being Symbol Sets (Leisure & Environment, Communication, Looking After Yourself, Health)
  • Health & Well-being Booklet
  • Health & Well-being Topic Symbols & Leaflet
  • Health & Well-being DVDs (Learning Disability, Aphasia, Dementia)
  • Consulting Children & Young People Symbol Sets (Early Years, Primary, Secondary)
  • CCYP Intro/Poster, SHANARRI symbols
  • EY, Primary & Secondary Booklets
  • Consulting Children & Young People DVD
  • Eating & Drinking Symbol Set (Meals, Impact on Health, Thing That Might Help)
  • Eating & Drinking Booklet
  • Eating & Drinking Leaflet
  • Social Care Symbol Set (You, Activities, Where You Live)
  • Social Care Leaflet
  • A6 Library Cards for all symbol sets
Part Code Part Name / Description Price GST
For Those Holding a Certificate in Talking Mats ONLY
TM-FT-LE TALKING MATS symbols: Leisure & Environment ~ Foundation Training

Leisure & environment includes 3 topics:
- Leisure [Home] (Leisure activities at home),
- Leisure [Away] (Leisure activities away from home) and
- Environment (Surroundings and support where you live).
[Delivery will be added at checkout]

$70 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-FT-COM TALKING MATS symbols: Communication ~ Foundation Training

Communication includes 4 topics:
- Understanding (Receiving verbal, non-verbal and contextual communication),
- Expression (Producing verbal, non verbal and contextual communication),
- Learning and thinking (Learning and applying knowledge) and
- Relationships (Interacting with people).
[Delivery will be added at checkout]

$70 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-FT-LAY TALKING MATS symbols: Looking After Yourself ~ Foundation Training

Looking After Yourself includes 3 topics: - Self Care (Looking after your body), - Domestic Life (Carrying out everyday actions and tasks where you live) and - Work and Education (Carrying out actions and tasks relating to education, paid and unpaid work). [Delivery will be added at checkout]

$70 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-FT-H TALKING MATS symbols: Health ~ Foundation Training

Health includes 3 topics:
- Health (Senses and body functions),
- Mobility (Moving, transferring and using transport) and
- Coping (Carrying out general tasks and demands).
[Delivery will be added at checkout]

$70 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-FT-EY TALKING MATS symbols: Early Years ~ Foundation Training

Early Years includes 3 topics:
- My body and Skills (How the child is growing and developing),
- What I do and my support (The child’s experience of activities and the support they receive) and
- My Wider World (The child’s experience of the communities where they grow up).
[Delivery will be added at checkout]

$70 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-FT-P TALKING MATS symbols: Primary ~ Foundation Training

Primary includes 3 topics:
- My body and skills (How the child is growing and developing),
- What I do and my support (The child’s experience of activities and the support the receive) and
- My Wider World (The child’s experience of the communities where they grew up).
[Delivery will be added at checkout]

$70 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-FT-S TALKING MATS symbols: Secondary ~ Foundation Training

Secondary includes 3 topics:
- My body and skills (How the young person is growing and developing),
- What I do and my support (The young person’s experience of activities and the support the receive) and
- My Wider World (The young person’s experience of the communities where they grew up).
[Delivery will be added at checkout]

$70 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-FT-ED TALKING MATS symbols: Eating & Drinking ~ Foundation Training

Eating and Drinking [SPECIALIST SET]  includes 3 topics:
- Meals (Types of food, where you eat and the process of eating),
- Impact on health (Someone’s views about how their eating and drinking affects their health) and
- Things that might help (How the person feels about the strategies that may be suggested to help manage their eating and drinking).
[Delivery will be added at checkout]

$135 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-FT-SC TALKING MATS symbols: Social Care ~ Foundation Training

Social Care includes 3 topics:
- Activities (Leisure activities where you live),
- Where You Live (The environment and people where you live) and
- You (Personal well-being).
[Delivery will be added at checkout]

$70 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-FT-KS TALKING MATS symbols: Keeping Safe ~ Foundation Training

Keeping Safe - specialised set - only available to those certified in Talking Mats. Includes 3 topics: Your well-being, Relationships and Thoughts & Feelings. Also supplied with link to vimeo video. [postage & packaging added at checkout or quote]

$150 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-FT-OAA TALKING MATS symbols: Out and About ~ Foundation Training

Out and about conversation set includes 3 topics:
- Gardens,
- Trips Out and
- Holidays
[Delivery will be added at checkout]

$70 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-FT-SP TALKING MATS symbols: Sports ~ Foundation Training

Sports set includes 3 topics:  - Indoor Sport, - Outdoor sports and - Football [Delivery will be added at checkout]

$70 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TALKING MATS BUNDLES - for people certified in Talking Mats
TMB-OCCYP Talking Mats Bundle - Children & Young People

Talking Mats Bundle - Children & Young People. Includes Early years, primary & Secondary. [Postage and Packaging added at check-out or quote]

$370 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TMB-OHW Talking Mats Bundle - Health & Well-being

Talking Mats Bundle - Health & Well-being. Includes Looking after yourself, Communication, Health, Leisure & Environment. [Postage and Packaging added at check-out or quote]

$370 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TMB-OBVB Talking Mats COMPLETE Bundle

Talking Mats COMPLETE Bundle: Including Talking Carry Bag and all 9 x standard sets with DVDs.  Sets - Health & Well-being Symbol Sets (Leisure & Environment, Communication, Looking After Yourself, Health) - Health & Well-being Booklet - Health & Well-being Topic Symbols & Leaflet - Health & Well-being DVDs (Learning Disability, Aphasia, Dementia) - Consulting Children & Young People Symbol Sets (Early Years, Primary, Secondary) - CCYP Intro/Poster, SHANARRI symbols - EY, Primary & Secondary
- Booklets - Consulting Children & Young People DVD - Eating & Drinking Symbol Set (Meals, Impact on Health, Thing That Might Help) - Eating & Drinking Booklet - Eating & Drinking Leaflet - Social Care Symbol Set (You, Activities, Where You Live) - Social Care Leaflet - A6 Library Cards for all symbol sets

$590 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
General Public Pricing
TM-LE TALKING MATS symbols: Leisure & environment

Leisure & environment includes 3 topics:
- Leisure [Home] (Leisure activities at home),
- Leisure [Away] (Leisure activities away from home) and
- Environment (Surroundings and support where you live).
[Delivery Included in Pricing]

$250 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-COM TALKING MATS symbols: Communication

Communication includes 4 topics:
- Understanding (Receiving verbal, non-verbal and contextual communication),
- Expression (Producing verbal, non verbal and contextual communication),
- Learning and thinking (Learning and applying knowledge) and
- Relationships (Interacting with people).

$250 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-LAY TALKING MATS symbols: Looking After Yourself

Looking After Yourself includes 3 topics:
- Self Care (Looking after your body),
- Domestic Life (Carrying out everyday actions and tasks where you live) and
- Work and Education (Carrying out actions and tasks relating to education, paid and unpaid work).
[Delivery Included in Pricing]

$250 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-H TALKING MATS symbols: Health

Health includes 3 topics:
- Health (Senses and body functions),
- Mobility (Moving, transferring and using transport) and
- Coping (Carrying out general tasks and demands).
[Delivery Included in Pricing]

$250 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-EY TALKING MATS symbols: Early Years

Early Years includes 3 topics:
- My body and Skills (How the child is growing and developing),
- What I do and my support (The child’s experience of activities and the support they receive) and
- My Wider World (The child’s experience of the communities where they grow up).
[Delivery Included in Pricing]

$250 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-P TALKING MATS symbols: Primary

Primary includes 3 topics:
- My body and skills (How the child is growing and developing),
- What I do and my support (The child’s experience of activities and the support the receive) and
- My Wider World (The child’s experience of the communities where they grew up).
[Delivery Included in Pricing

$250 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-S TALKING MATS symbols: Secondary

Secondary includes 3 topics:
- My body and skills (How the young person is growing and developing),
- What I do and my support (The young person’s experience of activities and the support the receive) and
- My Wider World (The young person’s experience of the communities where they grew up).
[Delivery Included in Pricing]

$250 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-ED TALKING MATS symbols: Eating & Drinking

Eating and Drinking includes 3 topics:
- Meals (Types of food, where you eat and the process of eating),
- Impact on health (Someone’s views about how their eating and drinking affects their health) and
- Things that might help (How the person feels about the strategies that may be suggested to help manage their eating and drinking).
[Delivery Included in Pricing]

$250 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-SC TALKING MATS symbols: Social Care

Social Care includes 3 topics:
- Activities (Leisure activities where you live),
- Where You Live (The environment and people where you live) and
- You (Personal well-being).
[Delivery Included in Pricing]

$250 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-OAA TALKING MATS symbols: Out and About

Out and about conversation set includes 3 topics:
- Gardens,
- Trips Out and
- Holidays
[Delivery Included in Pricing]

$250 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
TM-SP TALKING MATS symbols: Sports

Sports set includes 3 topics:
- Indoor Sport,
- Outdoor sports and
- Football
[Delivery Included in Pricing]

$250 $0.00
Purchase / Quote
A Mat
TM-AM Talking Mats - a mat

Talking Mats - basic mat - this is a low cost IKEA mat you can source yourself. The price reflects the resources utilised for us to supply this. Talking Mats recommend you source your own mat, but if you prefer for us to supply it we can.

$26 $0.00
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