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Talking Mats Courses

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?

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.

Course Format:

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. 


Fee: $330 per person (including GST). Fee includes a Talking Mats symbol set of your choosing.

Morning tea provided. BYO lunch.

Courses need a minimum of 8 people to run. 

Vaccine Passports are required to attend while in Red or Orange alert levels 


Upcoming Courses

Taupo, Tuesday 1st March, 2022, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Literacy Taupō, Taupō Learning Centre, Level 1, 3 Gascoigne Street, Taupo

Christchurch, Tuesday 29th March 2022, 9:30am-4:30pm

TalkLink Trust, Unit 15, 2 Barry Hogan Pl, Riccarton 

Street parking only. 


Wellington, Tuesday 5th April, 2022, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Venue TBC


Auckland, Wednesday 6th April 2022, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Venue TBC


Cancellations need to be made at least 5 days prior to the course, no refunds will be given if cancelled within this time. 

Please email courses@talklink.org.nz if you would like to enquire about running a course in your area.

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