Us in a Bus offers short, practical training courses for individuals, groups and organisations. Each course is tailored to meet the needs of the participants and the people they support. We know that establishing some common ground with people who are often isolated can help them have more of an impact on the world. One of the approaches that can help this to happen is Intensive Interaction, a simple and empathetic way of encouraging people to communicate in ways that are familiar and natural to them. The learning objectives include:

  • Understanding the principles and techniques of Intensive Interaction
  • Exploring how these principles can be applied to working with and supporting people
  • Making plans to put these principles into action

The courses are suitable for anyone who wants to communicate and relate more closely with people with profound learning disabilities and complex needs e.g. Day Service and Support Staff, Home Leaders and Service Managers, Advocates, Families, Occupational Therapists, Teaching Staff, Speech and Language Therapists etc.

Previous participants have said: “It was a safe environment to discuss our experiences and ideas” “A good facilitator – confident and precise” “It’s rare to find a trainer talking ‘our language’ – thoroughly recommended”

We’ve just received this fantastic feedback from a Tutor at a Further Education College for young people with PMLD and complex needs who attended Janet’s Introduction to Intensive Interaction Training:

“I have just returned from today’s Intensive Interaction training and would like to say that it was the most beneficial and relevant in-house training that I have attended.  The Trainer made consistent reference to Intensive Interaction in relation to individuals who have autism, which is particularly relevant with the application in place for Autism Accreditation. Janet had specific and in-depth knowledge and experience around engaging with individuals who have autism using II. I have learned an immense amount, including theoretical background knowledge and feel that the work that I am already undertaking and plan to undertake will be greatly enhanced.”

Janet Gurney

Janet Gurney is the Director of Training at Us in a Bus and has over 20 years of experience in supporting people in this way. Her workshops have been developed and delivered in response to requests for Us in a Bus to share some of their approaches to building and developing relationships with people who can often seem ‘difficult to reach’, including people with autism.

Current Training Opportunities

Janet Gurney will be running a series of workshops in Redhill, Surrey (J8 of the M25) during 2016 – click here for details.

If you are interested in attending any of the workshops and would like a Booking Form, you can download one via the relevant link below.

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Making Intensive Interaction part of people’s daily lives often requires a shift in workplace culture and environment and consequently Us in a Bus is increasingly being asked to provide consultancy services.

We can work alongside clients and staff to help make those shifts a reality. Us in a Bus provides a range of consultancy services to promote the particular needs of people with profound learning disabilities and complex needs.

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