Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Inner self

I went on an Intensive interaction workshop
With Us in a bus

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!

30 comments:

TherExtras said...

So happy for you both!

Barbara

Julie L. said...

I'm happy for the two of you as well! Am wondering if this technique could work or be adapted for those on the spectrum who doe have speech, but still havs difficulty communicating. I'm thinking it's posssible because I tried the technique shown on the video that you featured in your previous post.

My son had just come down off a meltdown and was making some sounds while on a bed. I went down beside him, did the breathing pattern thing and started making the same sounds he was. He started smiling and rolled over and hugged me, and he doesn't usually give hugs!

I don't know if it will work for me again, but I have hope. :) Might have to look into getting some training if it's available here in the U.S.

Casdok said...

If no courses around there are some great DVDs and books. The 2 names you need to look out for are Dave Hewitt and Phoebe Caldwell. The beauty of it is it is very adaptive.

Maggie May said...

There certainly seems to be a move for a better understanding of autistic people these days. This is GOOD!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Danna Banana said...

this is wonderful news. I'm so happy for you! Hugs and good wishes to you both!

Kristina Hughes said...

Yaaaaaayyyyy! Brilliant! Please let us know how you and C get on. Fantastic news and well done you for getting those staff in there too. Here's to communication and a deeper understanding xxxxxx

jess said...

Hallelujah! May it be everything you hope for.

Ron said...

Okay, so I'll do it for you now....

*beating my chest and slapping my back peppered with a few 3 foot high jumps from standing*

eeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

OMG...what GREAT news, Casdok! I am sooooooooooooooooo happy for you and C! And I can't wait to hear how it goes. Do keep us posted.

Sending you and C a bug cyber hug...

{{{{{ You and C }}}}}

X to you both!

Trish said...

Wonderful, wonderful news! I am so excited for you.

Tanya @ TeenAutism said...

Sounds wonderfully positive! And I'm so glad the service provider followed through! xo

rainbowmummy said...

And 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 because I am so happy for you and C. You're onto something here, can't wait to find out what happens!!!!!

xx

Akelamalu said...

That's wonderful news, I'm so happy for you both. :)

Nora said...

Good for you. It's always nice to discover something new and exciting that will work.

Julie said...

this put a smile on my face!

Looking for Blue Sky said...

What a find :) Have signed up for more information as it could help Smiley. Hope you get great results with C. Can't wait to read about how you both get on xx

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

How wonderful to find a useful tool! A way to communicate better! A way to express and understand!!!

Lora said...

I am so happy for you both! Looking forward to what happens in the near future.

MommyToTwoBoys said...

That sounds great! Is it anything like RDI or Floortime? I have just heard quite a bit about those. I went to a workshop last week where the presenter spoke very highly of both types of therapy. He said it was work, you did need training, and it was best if you had the whole family involved and spent lots of time doing it. Is this similar? It has definitely sparked my interest. Please keep up posted on how it is going. I am so happy for you!!!

secret agent woman said...

Great news and very hopeful!!

Apples and Autobots said...

That is wonderful. I hope you find the shared connection you are looking for.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

If the staff are willing to do this then it is definitely a step forward for both C and you as his advocate.

CJ xx

Accidental Expert said...

What wonderful news! So glad that everyone is on board and excited about this. That is truly priceless.

kathleen said...

confidence, self esteem and motivation..lovely and not only for C-you have given the four staff members who partook- the same thing as well..Just think of all the people they will share this with. You might have just started a chain reaction-how wonderful!

Casdok said...

Oh i do hope so 8)

CC said...

I'd like to "like" this post! :)

Gina @ Special Happens said...

That's awesome. I look forward to hearing more.

nitebyrd said...

How absolutely wonderful that the care givers are listening and wanting to learn. YAY! for you and for C!

Yuji said...

Sounds like a good program. Please keep us posted as to how it goes from here. So glad that C's service providers are embracing it as well.

Suburbia said...

Your excitement shines through your words.
Very happy for you
:-)

Maddy said...

yup as with all things, motivation is key [for both parties] and even if we've tried something in the past at it didn't pan out as we hoped it can be remarkable how having another go at a different time just make something click.