Consultant in Creative Communication and Social Learning working in collaboration with care and education settings to develop high quality person centred practice.

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Analysing and Recording – PDF Summary

The completed summary of all the level descriptions plus the recording sheets, baseline sheet and methodology is now available to download using the link below or on the front page of the website. Recording Intensive... read more

Analysing and Recording – Level 6 – INVOLVEMENT

Level 6 on the profile is called INVOLVEMENT.  I use this level to describe an interaction when the person restarts the flow of a two-way co-created dialogue after a pause.  An example would be that two people are playing throw and catch and the person drops the ball,... read more

Analysing and Recording – Level 5 – PARTICIPATION

Level 5 on the scale is called PARTICIPATION.  I use this level to describe an interaction that involves genuine turn-taking, a co-created two-way dialogue between the practitioner and the supported person.  The key indicators of meaningful turn taking are that the... read more

Analysing and recording – Level 4 – ENGAGEMENT

Level 4 on the profile is called ENGAGEMENT.  I use this level to describe an interaction when the supported person sustains attention to what is happening socially for over 3 seconds.  An interaction of this nature will also often involve a sequence of responses, in... read more

Analysing and Recording – Level 2 – AWARENESS

Level 2 on the profile is called AWARENESS.  I use this level to describe an interaction when the supported person shows an awareness of the practitioner and the social opportunity on offer.  This awareness is most typically characterised by a fleeting look or... read more

Analysing and Recording – Level 1 – ENCOUNTER

One aspect of Intensive Interaction practice upon which I place a lot of emphasis is for practitioners to be fluent in the use of the 7-point interaction profile.  Understanding the 7 levels is essential for accurate recording but an equally important reason is that... read more

Working for the eye contact

Communities of practice can operate at various levels in a care setting.  When I began working in the capacity of Social Learning Mentor at the Hesley Group, the most obvious communities of practice involved the members of staff in a particular area or on a particular... read more

Three Pieces of Advice – Part 3

As I explained in the other parts of this series, the first two pieces of advice to people starting an interaction with a person with a communication disability is first ask “What are the offers here?” and then join in with the offers and Do What You See.  The purpose... read more
It’s been great seeing the staff change their approach to how they work with the children.  The staff are much more patient and more responsive.  Thank you! Jacquie Nieto

Deputy Headteacher, Woolley Wood Special School, Sheffield

Your talk on communities of practice was superb – and changed how I did my work yesterday!

Mark Harmer

Hospital Music Project Lead

The training is not only helping me to develop a relationship with the person I care for, it is also impacting on other areas of my practice.  The training has helped to see when I was doing things for the service user when in fact they might have been able to do it for themselves.  I now do more things with the person I care for and this has definitely had a positive impact on my work

Support Worker, Hesley Village, Doncaster

“This is easily the best training I have been on…  I have been using the ideas a lot at school and its going really well! I am actually using some of the songs on Thursday in my lesson observation!  The children love it no matter what age group I am teaching”   Katie Meeney

Music Co-ordinator, Mossbrook Primary School, Sheffield

Your approach to working in an acute setting has brought so much to the department, staff and service users. Thank you!. Chris Webb

Modern Matron, The Woodlands MHU for Older People, Rotherham

About Me

My name is Matthew Laurie and I work in collaboration with care settings and school to develop responsive communication and intensive interaction services.  I studied social learning with Etienne Wenger and Bev Wenger-Trayner I specialise in developing sustainable communities of practice in order to effect genuine changes in staff practice.  I also offer musical interaction and responsive communications for service users in schools, mental health care and residential settings for the elderly.  I am a Director of Understanding Arts CIC and I am co-developing the approach of person centred arts.

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