Rabia’s Story – making a breakthrough

Rabia’s top tip  “Adapt your behaviour to the other person and don’t give up too soon.”

Rabia with Lucy Harrison, Creative Communications worker

Until recently, Zani, a young woman with Autism, had remained closed in and shut off from the other people in her house. After 12 months of intensive interaction Zani has made a significant breakthrough and is now happy to make eye contact, touch, laugh and play with her support worker Rabia. Zani is more content in her life and her family and friends are delighted to see how she has progressed.

Rabia is one of many Certitude support workers learning about “Creative Communication”. This is a method which encourages people to communicate in ways other than talking. She says the idea of emotionally engaging with someone without speech was a daunting prospect at first but that once she was trained in some of the techniques the results have been amazing.

Creative Communication, which includes Intensive Interaction, encourages the person trying to communicate to pick up clues from the person they are trying to communicate with. There are many techniques which can be applied from mimicking and mirroring to maintaining eye contact and touching. The training teaches individuals how to read the signs correctly and how to progress the communication to the next stage.

Certitude works with many people with complex learning disabilities who find it difficult to communicate using speech. This form of communication can be life changing for people in these circumstances and we are committed to training as many support workers as possible in these simple, yet incredibly effective, techniques.