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Talking Mats Foundation Training - Birmingham

Dementia Pathfinders CIC

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 from 09:30 to 16:30 (BST)

Talking Mats Foundation Training - Birmingham

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Talking Mats® Foundation Training


Talking Mats® is a visual framework which uses images to help people with communication difficulties. It has the potential for use with a wide range of people and is an approach which helps them think about issues and provides them with a way of expressing their views more easily.


This training is suitable for anyone interested in improving communication for people with dementia.


Course Aim:

To teach participants how to use Talking Mats®, a unique communication tool, with people with dementia and how to be creative in terms of how to use the framework and to think about developing the use of Talking Mats® within their own work setting. Each participant will receive a starter pack of Talking Mats® symbols.


Course Objectives:

  •  Discover the background to Talking Mats®
  • Gain an overview of the evidence base

  • Learn the key principles of the Talking Mats® framework

  • Discover a model to consider who can and cannot use Talking Mats®

  • Hands-on practice

  • Learn how Talking Mats® can be used with people with a variety of conditions

  • Learn how to use sub-mats to explore issues in more depth

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the day learners will:

  • Understand the background to Talking Mats®

  • Understand the key principles of using Talking Mats®

  • Know who can and who cannot use Talking Mats® effectively

  • Know how to measure effective functional communication

  • Understand the different Talking Mats® resources they can use

  • Plan how to use Talking Mats® in their own work setting

Training Style/Approach

  • Explanation

  • Demonstration

  • Hands-on practice

  • Video examples

  • Reflection in groups

Trainers: Dr Joan Murphy & Nicki Ewing

Dr Joan Murphy is a Research Speech and Language Therapist and Co-director of Talking Mats® Ltd. She worked with people with acquired communication difficulties with the NHS for many years and began working at Stirling University in 1989 as a researcher. Since then she has led a number of research projects and has a wide portfolio of publications. Together with colleagues, she has developed Talking Mats® into a well-respected communication framework, which is used worldwide with a wide range of people.


Nicki Ewing joined the Talking Mats® Team in January 2016. She has worked as a social worker in adult services and most recently as a planning and commissioning officer for people with learning disabilities. She became an accredited Talking Mats® trainer in 2013 and is passionate about how Talking Mats® can help staff to improve the quality of life for people with communication difficulties by ensuring that they have their voices heard.


Additional information:

For more information, please visit the Talking Mats® website

Do you have questions about Talking Mats Foundation Training - Birmingham? Contact Dementia Pathfinders CIC

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Pannel Croft Village
Hospital Street
B19 2XU Birmingham
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 from 09:30 to 16:30 (BST)

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Dementia Pathfinders CIC

'Encouraging togetherness and learning in dementia care'

Dementia Pathfinders Community Interest Company is a social enterprise delivering education and learning for people working in the dementia care field and providing therapeutic care and support for people with dementia and their families.

Learning with Experts in Dementia

Our trainers are highly experienced specialists with a passion to improve life for people with dementia. We offer a full range of learning opportunities, from dementia awareness courses to the new QCF dementia qualifications, involving people with dementia and family carers in courses to allow participants to learn from the real experts.


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