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.

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Storytelling & Leadership – 4 Point Story Method

Storytelling is the art of engaging, moving and inspiring people but it is difficult to do without a good story.  The stories that are most likely to inspire people will be about people.  This 4 point story method can help leaders to quickly identify and develop... read more

Storytelling and Social Learning Leadership

I am a professional storyteller and have been trained in Social Learning Leadership by Etienne Wenger and Bev Wenger Trainer.  Storytelling is the art of engaging and inspiring people and it is the skill that has most impacted on my work – being able to talk... read more

Experiences of Intensive Interaction and Dementia

It was quite natural for me to try intensive interaction and responsive communication as a way to connect with people with dementia. I think the first time I tried was in 2011 – at the time I was working at an autism care setting with the people that were the... read more

Recording Intensive Interaction – Baselines

In order for a recording system to have integrity progress must be compared to a baseline level.  We can use the seven levels of engagement introduced in the last post to assess our partner’s baseline level of communication ability and then use this to ascertain... read more

How to record Intensive Interaction

This week I looked at the statistics for my blog and noticed that the intensive interaction recording sheet post was the most popular.  I have therefore decided to post the full system for recording that we are now using at Woolley Wood.  This system was approved by... read more

Parents Q&A

Every Tuesday at Woolley Wood School parents have the opportunity to attend an intensive interaction training session.  Having worked with parents on a number of occasions I have found that there are a few questions that keeping coming up and I thought that it might... read more

Parents Q&A

Every Tuesday at Woolley Wood School parents have the opportunity to attend an intensive interaction training session.  Having worked with parents on a number of occasions I have found that there are a few questions that keeping coming up and I thought that it might... 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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