At MacIntyre, we believe that that the people we support communicate in many different ways.
Over a short period of time, Somari progressed from interacting with staff from a distance, to initiating interactions and building positive relationships with others.
Noticing that Somari was spending more and more time alone, staff at MacIntyre School and Children's Homes knew that it was time to try something new, to help her feel more confident interacting with others.
Using their knowledge of Intensive Interaction, the team decided it would be best to slowly build up interactions with Somari. Making it clear she wanted space, staff started interacting with Somari from a distance, encouraging her come to them when she was ready.
Kate Webb, Intensive Interaction Mentor at MacIntyre School said:
"When Somari vocalised from the other room, the team would imitate her. I suggested they use Intensive Interaction in exactly the same way as they usually would but from the other room. Even if they thought Somari might not be listening or watching they should continue using this approach."
By supporting Somari to own her space, the team slowly began to build a strong relationship with her. Across ten days, Somari went from sitting alone, to sitting at a table with staff and even initiating interactions.
Moreover, a milestone for Somari occurred when out horse riding. Whilst waiting for the horse riding session to begin, a member of staff and Somari enjoyed a fantastic interaction. As a result, Somari now initiates interactions and enjoys spending time with other people.
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