"I do feel I am getting to know them" - A practitioner's view of In-the-Picture

Year: 2017

Author: Rix, Jonathan, Parry, John

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

"I do feel I am getting to know them" - A practitioner's view of In-the-Picture

In-the-Picture (ItP) is an innovative approach which supports communication between adults and children with learning disabilities (Rix and Paige-Smith/Matthews, 2011, 2013, 2014; Parry, 2014 & 2015). The ItP approach has four component perspectives:
- taking photographs of the child's focus of attention during play, interactions and early intervention activities
- making first-person narrative observations, written from the perspective of the child
- exploring the child's responses to experiences by sharing with them the photographic record
- discussions between involved adults after observation and sharing sessions.
ItP reflects the thinking which underpins the mosaic approach (Clark & Moss, 2001); by listening to young children they can be involved and empowered to participate in decision-making. It also draws upon studies which engage with the child's views through visual means (e.g. Einarsdottir 2005, Smith et al 2005; Stephenson 2009; Beresford,Tozer, Rabiee and Sloper, 2004), and those which have narrative at their centre, such as a narrative assessment model (Cullen 2005) and a learning story approach (Carr 2001). It also recognises that detailed observation is central to listening to young children, particularly those with learning difficulties or communication impairments (Clark 2005, Nind, et al 2010; Dickens 2011); as well and upon a long tradition from Dewey to Sch