Intensive – yes
Interactive – yes
WOW – YES!
So basic, so fundamental, so obvious (when you know). Filled me with excitement. Very emotional. Hope it does the same for C.
And just as exciting, C’s service provider had listened to me and sent 4 staff on the same workshop. I could see the staff embrace it, they were also excited and motivated - empowered. We were all on the same page (hopefully improving communication between us too).
Staff left the workshop with a plan of action to start connecting with C straight away.
I want to let out an ear piercing, glass shattering, public scaring high pitched loud expression of pure unadulterated joy EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE beat my chest and slap my back peppered with a few 3 foot high jumps from standing – as C does.
But I will have to wait till C is home so I can share his inner world with him, share C’s language, as I mirror him. Acknowledging and validating, confirming his existence, showing C I am listening, I respect and celebrate him. This is in essence the building blocks of Intensive Interaction.
Giving C the confidence the self-esteem and motivation to explore communication further.
Giving staff confidence also.
Person centred planning at its ultimate. It’s as simple as that!