If you choose, Creative Rhythms sessions can be closed with sensory time, including tried-and-tested methods of intensive interaction. Intensive interaction is a technique used to reach those who are otherwise at risk of being excluded from traditional means of communication. It’s a method developed in the 1980s by professionals Geraint Ephraim, Melanie Nind and Dave Hewett at schools in long-stay hospitals in the South of England. Based on the interaction between parent and baby – i.e, eye contact, mirroring, mimicking and smiles – the idea is that through the enjoyment of interacting without words, significant learning can take place on both sides. The people we support feel valued and understood, while we get to see the world through their eyes, leading to a better understanding of their needs and communicative styles.

The ‘Hanging out programme’ or HOP, is another useful technique to ‘get into’ the world of someone who is at risk of social exclusion. The idea is that you spend (at least!) ten minutes giving 100% of your attention to a person who may be hard to reach via traditional means of communication. It was developed in 2007 by Sheridan Forster, and as with intensive interaction, the key is to always follow the lead of the person you are working with. The key words are fun, enjoyment and bonding!

I’ve completed a certified course on intensive interaction and the HOP technique is also one which I am very familiar with, having used it for months (ongoing) while supporting a client who communicates in his own unique way. These two methods have many things in common, and both work amazingly well. Creative Rhythms also offers the use of a sensory box filled with exciting objects of different colours and textures which can be used in conjunction with other sessions.

Sensory, intensive interaction and/or HOP time can be booked as a stand-alone session if required, but is usually used to complement another activity. Intensive interaction techniques can work particularly well after music sessions for example, helping participants to wind down from an exciting (and usually very noisy!) workshop.

Do you support someone who might benefit from these workshops ?

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