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The Art of Children’s Conversation: As seen on facebook!

Our new The Art of Children’s Conversation page, as seen on

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TAOC for Children

The Art of Conversation® for Children is the perfect way for children to become great communicators, learn about other people, better understand themselves, all as they enjoy great times and strengthen bonds with family and friends. Everyone wins!

The Art of Conversation® for Children is one of the latest releases in a series of award winning games proudly brought to you by TAOC®; it is highly acclaimed by parents, educators, therapists and best of all… kids love it!

  • TAOC® helps children:
  • Speak well and with confidence.
  • Listen with interest and understanding.
  • Share ideas and feelings in a safe, non-judgemental setting that facilitates communication.
  • Learn about living and gain insights from others.
  • Put their complex and developing ideas into words.
  • Get to know families and friends, old and new.
  • Discuss effectively and respect the views of others.
  • Develop compassion for and interest in others.
  • Accept that differences need not create conflict.

TAOC for Children

"The Art Of Conversation is an extremely useful and valuable resource…"

– Good Teacher Magazine, NZ

TAOC for Children

Perfect for many occasions, the informative 16 page communication booklet provides guidelines and many variations on TAOC®, including a solo version.

The 104 cards provide 200 conversation topics, carefully created and tested to promote and stimulate communication, plus 4 blank cards for children to personalise.

TAOC® is fun for everyone and is also a highly effective therapeutic and educational resource for families, therapists, counselors, teachers, speech pathologists, language teachers, coaches, church leaders and more.

The Art of Conversation® for Children can be purchased online from the following retailers.

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Angus Robertson



The complete list of retailers can be found at TAOC® Online Store.

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Tell us what you think!

We Love To Hear Your Stories

Hello and welcome to The Art of Conversation® blog.

We feel a great sense of pride and joy when we hear how our TAOC® games have enriched your lives. From improving communication skills; building healthier, stronger relationships; providing knowledge and insight; introducing new ideas, feelings and experiences; and the list goes on…

Your words inspire us everyday to further our series with new games, and by introducing TAOC® to more and more countries around the world.

So whether you’re new to TAOC®, or have been using it for years, we’d love to hear your story.

It’s easy to do so, simply click on the “Comment” link just below this blog post. The comment link is next to a small picture of an empty talking box and a number showing the amount of comments we’ve received to this blog.

Note: You will be taken to a separate page where you will see this full blog post, as well as other peoples comments. At the bottom of the page is an online form, you can leave your own comments by filling it out and clicking the “Post Comment”.

You can return to the main page at any time by clicking the “Home” link at the top of your page.


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Help for families in conflict

As Michael Short descrbed so well in the Zone, The Age and SMH May 9 2011, there’s got to be a better way! for divorcing parents.
He speaks with Marguerite Picard, revolutionary divorce and family lawyer
to show that there is a better way than paying a fortune in the adversarial system.
Link to the article below.
TAOC can be particularly valuable for children, who are often caught in the middle of conflicts between their parents. Periods of parental relationship breakdown are associated with stress and behavioural problems in many children, especially if the parents seek to use children against each other,
TAOC means every child gets to have his or her say, regardless of their perceived status within the family. Parents often do not treat their children equally, often without realizing it. This can be related to gender, age, birth order or cultural norms. But it is important for all children to feel their experience is validated by getting a fair hearing.
When used in family counselling sessions, TAOC has led to improvements in children’s behavior and well-being, and participants have reported high levels of satisfaction.
In the midst of a relationship conflict or breakdown, it’s often difficult to say what we really mean – and to listen to what other family members are really saying. TAOC provides a safety valve by offering a structured way for the family to communicate at a difficult time.

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TAOC for Food Lovers!

For all who love food, and eating, we are delighted to bring you the new TAOC title, The Art of Food Conversation. Available from all good book, gift and homewares stores. If you are having trouble finding it, enter the ISBN into the search engine of a book store 9780980843514 and TAOC Food should arise!
• Over 300 mouth-watering culinary conversation starters, plus Comprehensive Guidebook to Food Communication.
• Developed and researched by TAOC® creators with Sydney Food Editor, Trudi Hollinsworth, TAOC® offers new angles and avenues to think and talk about food, cooking and eating.
• It’s all about actively sharing conversations on all aspects of food and eating, e.g. ingredients (from abalone to zucchini), wild foods, sustainability, ethical eating, destinations, tastes, chefs, hilarious food quotes, favourite dishes from the classics to the cutting edge … in fact a smorgasbord for those who enjoy sharing recipes, hints and tips, remembering special meals, or planning new ones! Track food and menu changes, the rise and fall of overused ingredients, (truffle oil, anyone?), celebrity chefs, kitchen equipment from then to now, evocative fragrances and flavours that bring back times past. Even unadventurous eaters will be inspired!
Like all TAOC editions, it’s not a quiz – it’s never about who knows the most. Rather, it’s a communication tool that draws on your own experiences, thoughts and reactions to facilitate fascinating discussions. And perhaps best of all it brings friends and family genuinely closer in this age of instant messaging.
With hit TV shows, glossy ranks of gastro-porn at every newsagent and the return of the dinner party, food is enjoying a very high profile at present. Many of us have headed back towards the kitchen and in search of previously unknown ingredients, as well as continuing our passion for dining out.
Food contains an eternal contradiction. On the one hand it’s essential for life – in fact in Ancient Egypt, the words for ‘bread’ and ‘life’ were the same! But food is also as subject to the vagaries of fashion as heels or hemlines. Who’d have guessed the world’s best restaurant, Noma, in Copenhagen, Denmark, would feature oxalis and Christmas tree fronds on its menu?
Now, there’s a new way for us to mull over passions of the dinner table with the release of a delicious and unique game, The Art of Conversation: Food Edition.


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TAOC – a Finalist in the Inventor Awards

We are excited to be a top 4 finalist in the Inventor’s Awards. Over 100 applications were received, so we are delighted with the result. It seems that people are concerned with the need to connect and build good relationships. If you want to come to the awards night it is free of charge September 3 6:56 pm at he Capital Theatre, Bendigo, if you want to join us! (Gold Coin entry).

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The Art Of Conversation is a fun game that can be played by all ages.


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