BoardTalk - Communication boards for people with a learning disability
Mary Finneran - October 2012
If you see the
BoardTalk sign you can ask to use one of the boards by asking at reception. Point
to the logo behind the desk, or show a member of staff your BoardTalk card.
You can then choose your favourite board to help you to say what you would like
to do. You can get a BoardTalk card from libraries and your local Gateway to care.
To use the board, all you need to do is put it on a stable, flat surface where you
can see it and point to the image that describes what you would like to do, or spell
out the words needed.
The general boards can be used anywhere.
The Alphabet Board is useful if you can spell words to tell people what you want.
At the library
Here are the library boards.
At the sports centre
The boards will
help you to say what activity you have come to do. You will be able to ask for help,
find out the cost of activities and find out when they are taking place.
At the Bowling Alley
The Boards can help you to ask for your shoe size, ask for the lane bumpers to be
used, ask for a drink or tell someone that the ball has got stuck and lots more!.
At the Doctors / Hospital
Going to the Doctors can be a stressful time. It can be difficult
to understand and remember what the Doctor is saying to you. The boards could help
the Doctor to explain what is wrong or what treatment you might need.
Being in hospital can be a difficult time too. There may be a lot of people asking
you questions and telling you things. People may not know how to help you say what
you want to say. They may not know how to help you understand what is happening.
These boards can help explain what is wrong or what treatment you might need. The
Health boards have been made for you to use at the Doctors or if you are in hospital.
But you may find that they are useful in other places. You could use the Food and
Drink, Personal Care, Personal Things and Things to Do boards at home, at a Day
Centre or when you are out and about.
Personal Things, Personal Care and Things to do boards
Food and Drink Boards
Tell us what you think?
would love to know what you think about the communication boards so please fill
in a comments sheet. You can find a comments sheet at the reception desk or download your comment sheet (PDF 155kb),
fill it in and send to:
Well-being and Communities
Marketing and Public Information
Civic Centre 3
If you want to practice using the boards you can get your own copy by asking at
the library or sports centre.