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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.


Upcoming Talking Mats Courses:

Auckland - Tuesday 18th February 2020, 9:30am - 4:30pm - course is now full, registrations are closed

TalkLink Trust, Building 51, Entry 3, Unitec, Carrington Road, Mount Albert

Please do not park outside the TalkLink Office. Paid parking is available on the Unitec Campus, free parking available on surrounding streets. 


Waikato - Wednesday 18th March 2020, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Puna Kaupapa Room, Trust Waikato, 4 Little London Lane, Hamilton


Invercargill - Wednesday 24th March 2020, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Ministry of Education Invercargill, 190 Forth Street, Invercargill


Hawkes Bay - Wednesday 30th April 2020, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Trade Union Rooms, 2 Lipton Place, Onekawa


New Plymouth - Wednesday 10th June 2020, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Venue TBC


Auckland - Monday 27 July, 9:30am - 4:30pm

TalkLink Trust, Building 51, Entry 3, Unitec, Carrington Road, Mount Albert

Please do not park outside the TalkLink Office. Paid parking is available on the Unitec Campus, free parking available on surrounding streets. 


Palmerston North - week beginning 27th July, date TBC

Venue TBC


Christchurch - Friday 7th August, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Venue TBC


Greymouth - Monday 10th August, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Venue TBC


Bay of Plenty - Mid August, date TBC

Venue TBC


Wellington - Thursday 20th August, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Venue TBC


Northland - Term 3, date TBC

Venue TBC


Dunedin - Term 4, date TBC

Venue TBC


Nelson Marlborough - Term 4, date TBC

Venue TBC


For further information and to download the flier here 

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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