I work full time as a consultant, developing communities of practice around Intensive Interaction and Musical interaction in collaboration with education and care settings.  I am an expert trainer and social learning leader and I can deliver enjoyable, thought provoking training to organisations involved in the care of people living with autism, learning disabilities, dementia and mental health problems.

To learn more about the training I can offer please go to the Intensive Interaction Training page.

Recent Blog Post

The Fruits of Reflective Practice

The main reason I promote the use of the 7 levels engagement is so staff have a shared language with which they can describe and analyse their practice.  In a recent consultancy I did for the Sheffield learning disability charity The Burton Street Foundation, one... read more

Musical Interaction vs Intensive Interaction

Every Tuesday I work at Wilsic Hall School in Wadworth, Doncaster.  The service is a residential secondary school for people with complex needs mainly arising from autism and learning disabilities.  My role is to offer Intensive Interaction and Musical Interaction... read more

What’s in it for you?

Once up on a time I believed that all practitioners (and potential practitioners of intensive interaction) would share the same motivations – to help the person they are supporting to develop fundamental communication skills or to offer experiences of social... read more

Intensive Interaction Recording PDF

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 – 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

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

Three Pieces of Advice – Part 2

In the first part of this series I explained my first piece of advice to new support workers – to observe a person’s behaviour and ask “What are the offer’s here?”.  The purpose is to open the practitioner’s eye’s to new behaviours that could be a starting point for... read more

Three Pieces of Advice – Part 1

Part of my role for the Hesley Group is deliver induction training to new support workers. The autistic people they will soon be caring for have a reputation for being challenging to support and so the new starters are anxious to develop a good relationship as quickly... read more

Download the PDF Document:

Recording Intensive Interaction

Includes how to take a baseline, classroom/session record sheet and key indicators summary.



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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