University of Edinburgh


Zoning Theory & Intensive interaction communication frameworks for people with MDVI

Friday 7 October 2005 (SSC course 5)

Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Venue: Scottish Sensory Centre, Edinburgh
Closing date for course is 23rd September, 2005


Interaction techniques that develop and formalise basic communication responses in children and young people with profound & multiple disabilities.

The day will provide an introduction to Zoning Theory by its author Mark Gray and how it works to define pathways into developing communication responses. Using 3 case studies the possibilities that can be achieved with people who have little more than a breathing response to develop simple but effective communication using Intensive Interaction techniques will be explored. Also, how to condition responses to enable users to interact with information technology in the form of Switches & Sound Module Samplers thereby generalising communication within the Zone theory framework will be covered briefly.

Participants will receive a powerpoint handout from the day and are invited to participate in the development of individual action plans for their respective workplaces.

Presenter: Mark Gray, clinical psychologist & registered Nurse for people with a Learning Disability with over 25 years experience in the field of profound disability and sensory Impairments. Until recently Mark was the National Training Research & Development Officer in Multiple Disability for RNIB

Cost: 80 professional; Free parent/unwaged