Talking Mats – Me and My Senses Foundation Training
About this course
A training pathway for people who want to achieve Talking Mats Certification with a central focus on sensory issues. Me and My Senses is available regardless of your level of sensory integration training. It will help you gain an individual’s voice of their ‘lived’ sensory experiences, needs and challenges.
Providing an alternative route to becoming Talking Mats Trained for those whose primary interest is sensory processing. The level of certification gained is exactly the same as for the ‘standard’ Foundation training. It is the first of many planned adaptations to Talking Mats training to cater for specific interests. Course delegates will receive a ‘Me and My Senses’ set of resources as part of the course fee.
Talking Mats’ framework supports holistic, person-centred planning and practice by ensuring an individual’s voice is heard. Above all, the approach helps a person’s understanding, reflection, and expression while providing a framework that supports decision-making. This can be used in line with legislative and policy frameworks.
People working across a wide variety of sectors, (e.g. health, education, social care, and justice), use Talking Mats to support the children, young people, and adults they work with to talk about their experiences, views, and feelings.
Delegates attending this course receive a downloadable manual and example resources to support their learning on the course. There are options to purchase card resource packs and bundles, mats, and the digital Talking Mat as required. Resources are available to purchase at a significantly reduced rate for people who have completed their Talking Mats Foundation Training. As registered Talking Mat’s users, people who have completed this course will also gain the ability to access Talking Mats advanced resource packs and training options.
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- Book four or more courses (we can offer you a discount)
- Make a block booking for a group
- Book a closed course
Speech and Language Therapist and Talking Mats Lead Associate for Children and Young People
Laura Holmes is a Talking Mats Senior Associate and has worked for Talking Mats since 2016. She has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for over 20 years in NHS as well as independent practice.
Laura has experience working with both children and adults, across a diverse range of settings including mainstream schools, specialist schools and resource bases (primary and secondary), and community clinics. Laura Holmes also worked for NHS Stockport Foundation Trust as a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist with the Stockport Virtual Schools Team. She has a particular interest in using Talking Mats with children and young people who have experienced adverse childhood experiences. Laura supports them to have their voices heard and responded to by those around them.
Session 1 (2.5 hr Zoom)
- What is a Talking Mat?
- The Talking Mats Process
- Research Evidence
- Who Can Use Talking Mats?
- Impact of Talking Mats
- Preparation for Session 2 Assignment
Session 2 (2.5 hr Zoom)
- Session 2 Assignment – Reflection
- Thinking about Topscales
- Digital Talking Mats
- Planning your own Mats
- Preparation for Video Assignment
Session 3 – reflection session (1 hr Zoom)
- Video presentations
- Supportive reflection with your tutor and peers
- Next steps: Registration, Licensing, and Network opportunities
This resource is essential for this training
This resource (value £70) is provided without charge to course delegates attending ‘Talking Mats Me and My Senses’ Training.
This combination of Resources includes the Talking Mats Me & My Senses Resource, and the Talking Mats Primary, or secondary resource as required.
These are relevant to practitioners working in Health, Social Care, Third Sector and Education (both specialist and mainstream) settings to support holistic child and young person-centred planning and practice. The Talking Mats Me & My Senses Resource uses specifically designed communication symbols help children and young people think and share their views about their own sensory needs and differences.
The Topics included are:
- My spaces and things I do
- My senses 1: Proprioception and Interoception
- My senses 2: Vestibular
- My senses 3: Touch, Taste, Smell, Vision, Auditory
The Talking Mats Primary and secondary Resources use specifically designed communication symbols to help a child or young person express how they feel about their lives a home, in school and in the community. The Topics included are:
- About me
- What I do
- My wider world
Please note: This resource can be purchased directly from the supplier, or through Course Beetle when booking on to this training.
This resource is supplied as part of the course fee when booking Taking Mats - Me and My Senses Foundation Training.
The normal purchase price of this resource is £70
For course delegates attending Me and My Senses Foundation Training, a delivery charge will apply.
We will contact you with a quotation for shipping.
Who this course is suitable for
This course is suitable for: Higher Level Speech and Language Therapists (HLSLTs), Learning Support Teachers, Local Area IASS, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Students, Physiotherapist Assistants, Physiotherapists, Physiotherapy Students, Returners to Speech and Language Therapy, SEND Professionals, Specialist and Advisory Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs), Speech and Language Therapy Assistants, Speech Pathologists, Teaching Assistants
This course is presented Virtual Live – Online over Zoom
This course is available on various dates throughout the year. To view available course dates and book your place click here.
During the booking process, you can select to reserve a place instead (while you confirm you can attend or to organise payment through your employer for example). We can hold your place for up to four weeks, if we have not heard from you after this time, we may need to cancel your reservation so other people can attend the training.
Course Beetle is an approved supplier for NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and Schools.