Talking Mats is an established communication tool, which uses a mat with symbols attached as the basis for communication.
It is designed to help people with communication difficulties to think about issues discussed with them, and provide them with a way to effectively express themselves in a visual way that can be easily recorded.
Talking Mats supports adults and children with a range of communication difficulties and helps people to understand, consider and express their views. It can be used with people with different abilities, from different cultures and living in different situations.
The simple framework of picture symbols and textured mat allows people to indicate their feelings about various options within a topic by placing the relevant image below a visual scale. It is an approach which helps people to think about issues in a different way.