Level 3: Advancing Practioner of Intensive Interaction

Full Day Programme

This training event is relevant to Special Educators, Speech Pathologists, Allied Health Professionals or Day Service Workers who work with learners experiencing severe and profound intellectual and multiple disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders. The training is especially relevant to any professionals who are introducing or leading the implementation of Intensive Interaction in their work setting. Participants in this training are assumed to have attended an Introduction Course, as ‘Advancing Practitioner’ builds on knowledge and concepts that can really only be acquired following first hand experience and insight into using the approach. While focussing primarily on the interactive skills of the participants, the programme also provides some of the crucial practices that are involved in successfully embedding Intensive Interaction as a working practice. The training has particular reference to Special Educational and Day Service settings.

NB. Participants are encouraged to bring a 5-10 minutes of video which clearly shows the participant and a learner engaged in Intensive Interaction. This video should be brought on a DVD, external hard drive or USB flash-drive.

Some important aspects of Intensive Interaction

Exploring the envelope of Intensive Interaction and highlighting some commonly used characteristic practices

[E.g. pauses, use of proximity, synchronizing]

Intensive Interaction Reflection Tool

Participants will be introduced to this tool [developed by Williamson & Barber 2007] which assists the observation of the interactive process. The tool will be used to structure the reflection processes that are crucial to giving and receiving supportive and collegiate feedback.

The ‘Protocols’ and their use

These ‘protocols’ for giving collegiate feedback have been refined from ANSN publications. Participants will take part in and have the opportunity to lead discussions leading to professional dialogue rather than debate

Giving and receiving feedback

Feedback is hard to give, but harder to take. Using the ‘protocols’ participants are assisted to develop forms of feedback that open up thought and reflection rather than debate and defensiveness

This challenging and involving day has drawn consistently impressive feedback from both the practitioners who see and respond to a broad variety of interactions from a range of settings, and from Principals and Managers who value the reflective practices and professional discourse that this training promotes.

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