A proposal to implement Talking Mats™ into the Occupational Therapy Pre-Registration Curriculum at Queen Margaret University.
(2015) A proposal to implement Talking Mats™ into the Occupational Therapy Pre-Registration Curriculum at Queen Margaret University., no. 97.
This project considers how Talking Mats, a low technology form of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC), can be used to empower effective communication between health professionals and people with a communication support need; ensuring service users rights, dignity, value and autonomy. The preceding literature review has provided the evidence to support the proposed programme highlighting the gaps of ineffective communication between health professions and people with a communication support need. The literature highlights the main barriers in health care stem from lack of training, resources and funding of the necessary alternative methods of communication. Overall evidence from the literature has underpinned the negative consequences of ineffective communication between health professions and people with a communication support need, whilst highlighting the positive experiences from effective communication in practice. The programme development plan looks at the implementation of Talking Mats into the BSC (Hons) Occupational Therapy curriculum at Queen Margaret University, providing students with the necessary training needed to support people with a communication support need in practice, ensuring effective communication. It provides an overview of all the areas needed to implement the proposed programme, including the stakeholders involved, goals and objectives of the programme, resources required to deliver the programme, followed by the funding needed to carry out the proposed programme.