Sharing our Practice (click on the blue heading to download and read the full article)

Why stop what works?

By Anne Laney, Practice Manager

Now more than ever, emotional wellbeing, which we have always recognised as at the heart of our purpose and one of the key areas we are skilled at supporting, is at the forefront of our concerns. This is a must read article by Anne.

Meaningful II in a PPE World

By Lynne Crane, Interaction Practitioner

Our Intensive Interaction sessions have changed dramatically in line with the new Covid restrictions. Read more about the challenges we are facing and how we are determined to offer sessions that are meaningful and engaging.

Rhythm for Calm

By Verena Grys, Interaction Practitioner

Would you like to know more about using rhythm in a calming way?  In this article Verena explains the relevance and effectiveness.

A Remote Session with Julia

By Nancy Keeley, Interaction Practitioner

Nancy describes in wonderful detail an Intensive Interaction session with Julia, held over Zoom due to Covid-19 restrictions.

A Life of Rebelliousness: Skilful Avoidance

By Anne Laney, Practice Manager

In the second of her articles during these strange times Anne Laney, Practice Manager, considers how we may all currently be experiencing elements in our lives that give insight into the normal lives of people with complex needs.

Considering Control in Troubled Times

By Anne Laney, Practice Manager

The uncertainty of the world at the moment is triggering conflicting feelings in many of us. Here Practice Manager Anne Laney considers how this may be illustrative of the experience that many people with PMLD may have for much of the time.

Social Distance and Choice

By Janet Gurney, Director of Training

The experience of ‘social distancing’ is a new one for most of us. Janet Gurney shares some thoughts on how it might not be so new for some of the people we support…

Learning from our Interactions – How to record the important bits

By Anne Laney, Practice Manager

One of the things we often get asked, and we make sure we advise on during training and Coaching and Mentoring, is the importance of recording the details of an Intensive Interaction. The thought processes required for recalling what occurred, often illustrate the significance of things that were not obvious at the time of the interaction…

“Favourite things” … the gateway to connection

By Anne Laney, Practice Manager

We must always remember the importance and significance of people’s favourite items. Intensive Interaction gives us the perfect way to become someone’s favourite thing, opening to them the possibilities and excitement of venturing out of their safe inner world, into our stimulating and social one.

By Nancy Keeley – Interaction Practitioner 

Nancy recently had her article on the subject of ethics, published by PMLD Link (Summer 2019 – Issue 93). This thought provoking article addresses a complex issue, and shares Nancy’s thoughts on practical ways we can work towards creating and sustaining ethical organisations for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

The Importance of Congruent Communication

Anne & Ben

By Anne Laney – Practice Manager

Our work at Us in a Bus is all about connection and communication.  In this article Anne explores how we facilitate opportunities for people with complex needs to explore sociability and self-expression.

The importance of Empathy in defining our shared humanity

By Marina Jurjevic, Interaction Practitioner

Each of us has a unique personality. That makes us different, but equally we all have lots in common and are connected in so many ways. But we are social beings and it is of utmost importance to our personal development to experience other people’s realities.

How do we know our words are helpful?

By Anne Laney – Practice Manager

The sound of conversation using words, the ebb and flow of voice intonation and the rhythm of speech can be motivating, reassuring and foster feelings of inclusion for all of us, even if in a language we do not speak ourselves.

The Hug

By Anne Laney – Practice Manager, Nancy Keeley – Interaction Practitioner and Janet Gurney – Director of Training

Here is a wonderful piece of practice witnessed by our Director of Training.

How do I know where I am? 

By Janet Gurney – Director of Training

A fascinating article on the practical implications of understanding Proprioception.

Hold the Space!

By Anna Redman, Interaction Practitioner

That feeling you get when something is on the tip of your tongue and you just need a moment to get it out?  This also applies for the people we support!


By Nancy Keeley, Interaction Practitioner

It is well documented that friendship has a powerful impact on our health and well-being.  So, let’s think about our own friends? Why are they our friends?

The importance of being related

By Tiw Rægening, Interaction Practitioner

Recently, I attended a funeral for one of the people we supported where we can show our appreciation for having known him or her.

Quiet Sessions

By Victoria Goody, Chief Executive

One of the many joys of my job is observing the team when they go out to sessions, as it deepens my understanding of what we do and why.

Do we need props in Intensive Interaction

By Marina Jurjevic, Interaction Practitioner

I have always thought that the best prop we can use is ourselves.

Reflections from Theo

By Russell Clarke, Interaction Practitioner

Theo’s intimacy with this little object set me thinking about the needs of the people we support.

Creating Space

By Carol Thomas, Interaction Practitioner

Intensive Interaction is an approach used to encourage engagement with people who find communication, or being social, a challenge.

The Benefits of a Good Report

By Rosie Brookes, Interaction Practitioner

Producing concise, relevant, well-written reports is very important where the outcomes of our work are not easily measurable.

Life and Death

By Anne Laney, Practice Manager

Within our work we are privileged to support the people we see through all of life’s ups and downs.

Fostering Intentionality

By Anna Redman, Interaction Practitioner and Janet Gurney, Director of Training

‘Fostering intentionality’ – the fundamentals of communication: how Intensive interaction can support emotional wellbeing.

Insight into our work using Intensive Interaction

By Anne Laney, Practice Manager

Music can offer a unique response to someone’s vocalisations or movements.

A Good Way to say Goodbye

By Anne Laney, Practice Manager

In Anne’s article she shares the especially moving funeral service of someone who has been known to Us in a Bus for many years.

Conversations of an Interaction Practitioner

By Tiw Rægening, Interaction Practitioner

Tiw provides an insight into an Us in a Bus session.

Time to say Goodbye

By Julia Hancock, Trustee

Julia shares her experiences about handling difficult topics, such as death, with people who have a learning disability.

Being Playful

By Janice Murrells, Senior Practitioner

‘Playing’ or being playful with the people we support is possibly one of the most misunderstood, yet arguably most beneficial, aspects of our time during sessions.

Using Intensive Interaction in the Community

By Janet Gurney, Director of Training

In this article Janet looks at the thorny question ‘Should we use Intensive Interaction when in public?’

Connecting Lives through the use of Intensive Interaction

With over 25 years working to connect lives through the use of Intensive Interaction, we are proud of the wealth of professional experience our team has collated. It has always been part of the Us in a Bus ethos to share best practice with each other, our stakeholders and third parties who may benefit. We want to ensure that our own continuous professional development can provide support for all those in need. We believe that together we can achieve much more for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and complex needs.

The views in our articles are based upon our own experiences (unless otherwise stated) and are that of the author(s), who at the time of writing are Us in a Bus Interaction Practitioners, Trustees and/or qualified sessional workers. These articles have been deemed appropriate for sharing here on our website by Us in a Bus, and while we fully support and encourage the sharing of best practice, we do not accept responsibility for third parties who share the information in an inappropriate way or place, in such a way as to cause offence or upset. We would ask that you observe the professional courtesy of accrediting the author(s) and Us in a Bus if you do share any of our articles, which remain the intellectual property of Us in a Bus.

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Us in a Bus is a Registered Charity (number 1088570). We depend entirely upon income generated from providing sessions with clients, training and consultancy fees and the generosity of individuals and grant giving organisations to continue to deliver our work.
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