Q: What’s the best thing since sliced bread?
I recently attended the next wave of Great Interactions training.
As an activity, we worked out that…there are 52 steps to making a piece of toast.
From removing the lid of the bread bin…
…FIFTY TWO STEPS…
…to achieving mouth wateringly, worth every effort, hot buttered toast!
So what now?
If making toast requires 52 steps, then other ‘bread and butter’ activities may need to be made into steps too. For example, ‘breakfast time’ requires many steps, an array of supporting signs and visual prompts, as well as clear and concise verbal support.
We continue to support in a way which enables everyone to be included and develop skills, no matter what they are doing.
Our understanding of the next wave of great interactions and facilitating to support continual progression, alongside our signing skills,
provide the concept and framework for this.
What follows is just one example of our NEW communication tool; ‘Pictures Paint’, which seeks to communicate to everyone, every time, the important steps of any particular routine.
By breaking down what we are trying to achieve into steps, it is much more likely that we will have success.The person is being actively involved, taking control and learning new skills.It’s definitely about the small things. Step by step.
The next step for us is…
‘Putting a key into a lock, turning it and opening a door’,
Certainly more control…
…but that’s another ‘Pictures Paint’
Senior Support Worker