Before setting up Vanessa Rogers Speech and Language Therapy, I worked in special schools, nurseries and colleges for over five years. I have worked with numerous children and young adults with a wide range of learning difficulties, including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum conditions and profound and multiple learning difficulties.
Approaches I may use with children with learning difficulties include Intensive Interaction, developing intentional communication through cause and effect activities, Makaton signing, Total Communication, objects of reference and the introduction of photo and/or symbol based supports.
Intensive Interaction is an approach based on the natural communications between young babies and their care-givers. The features of these early interactions, such as eye-contact, shared attention and vocal turn-taking, are harnessed and adapted to support children and adults with learning difficulties. The key principle of the approach is following the child's lead. It is an effective approach for developing meaningful relationships and learning fundamental early communication skills. I have attended several intensive interaction training sessions and use its principles throughout many of my therapy sessions.