Talking Mats

Available on:



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Supported languages:

Bokmål / Chinese / Czech / Danish / Dutch / English / Finnish / French / German / Greek / Hebrew / Indonesian / Italian / Japanese / Korean / Malay / Norwegian / Portuguese / Russian / Spanish / Swedish / Thai / Turkish / Vietnamese

Cost:

Free

App enabling adults and children with communication difficulties to express their views 

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Languages

Bokmål / Chinese / Czech / Danish / Dutch / English / Finnish / French / German / Greek / Hebrew / Indonesian / Italian / Japanese / Korean / Malay / Norwegian / Portuguese / Russian / Spanish / Swedish / Thai / Turkish / Vietnamese

Countries of use

Countries where these languages are spoken.

Cost

Free

Developer

Talking Mats
(Based in United Kingdom)
https://www.talkingmats.com/

Funder

Talking Mats

Medical Adviser

Talking Mats

Features

Support to deal with symptoms/disabilities Support to deal with symptoms/disabilities

Summary

Talking Mats is an award-winning communication tool that supports adults and children with communication difficulties to express their views. 

It helps them understand and consider a range of topics and say what they feel in a visual way that can be easily recorded.

This `taster’ app uses symbols to help adults and children with communication difficulties to express their views about leisure activities at home. 

Once in the app, users can click on the ‘Bonus’ link to receive a further 6 free bonus symbols. 

With Talking Mats Taster you can:

  • Communicate choices and feelings using 10 symbols from the Leisure/Home set, and add 6 more when registering
  • Gain an introduction to using Talking Mats as a communication tool.

Users can choose upgrades within the app: 

  • Selected from the paid for, full range of Talking Mats versions
  • The `lite’ version, currently for £5.99 or equivalent, which gives access to all 35 symbols from the Leisure Home/Away sets, and additional functionality. 


Tags: Disability

Reviews

Reviewer: Autism apps, a website run by the Autism Association of Western Australia, a not-for-profit service provider, research and patient advocacy organisation
Review:

“The Talking Mats app can be used as an interactive tool to help a person express their opinions, choices, ideas and preferences. The app is specifically designed for people with communication difficulties to express their ideas on a wide range of topics through a structured discussion format.

…Talking Mats incorporate the use of pictures to facilitate discussions. A person can choose the pictures they would like to have available then sort them under a visual scale (e.g. yes/no/maybe).

…The app provides instructions and has a simple display with pictures that can be moved on the screen.

…The app is motivating in itself to use as a person is able to choose between a range of symbols to communicate their preferences to another person. A person can move symbols on the screen to reflect their thoughts and preferences. The app does not produce any sounds and is designed to use interactively during conversations.

…A person can import their own pictures to the Talking Mat, thereby making it more relevant to their day to day living activities.

The app can provide a visual framework to guide conversations and may be used to:

  • get to know a person better
  • help a person express their preferences and feelings
  • help a person process information and organise their thoughts
  • support a person to understand information about key decisions
  • help with goal setting and planning
  • help a person express their preferences
  • structure and facilitate a conversation.

Many people with Autism are visual learners, therefore presenting information in an interactive, visual form may appeal to many people and support a person to express themselves.”


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