VIG™

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What is VIG™ (Video Interaction Guidance™)?

It is an intervention aimed at enhancing the communication within a relationship:

VIG™ is an innovative “relationship-based intervention to promote attunement, empathy and well-being” (Kennedy et al., 2011). The intervention is evidence-based, and in line with current recommendations in the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidance for use of video interaction feedback, such as when supporting children on the autism spectrum, with attachment, anxiety, social and emotional needs. The VIG™ intervention is carried out by a trained VIG™ practitioner, called a ‘guider’, who records video clips of natural and authentic communication, such as play, learning activities or interventions. The guider analyses the video to prepare sharing clips to enhance attuned communication and interaction within relationships. The sharing process engages the person in a process of change towards achieving their own hopes for a better relationship with another child/young/person/adult. VIG™ promotes the use of ‘mentalization’, to support attachment through both ‘mind mindedness’ (being attuned to others) and mindfulness (being attuned to yourself). VIG™ has been shown to be especially helpful for parents who may benefit from additional support to communicate and interact with their child.

What happens in VIG™?

An initial consultation between the adult and VIG™ guider, discusses what is hoped to be gained from the intervention, what their concerns might be, and what they would like to achieve, or to change for the better. This is called the ‘helping question’. The guider films some interactions between the adult and child/young person. After the guider edits the video, it will be shown in the following sessions, called a ‘shared review’. While watching the film the adult will reflect with the guider on the best moments. This is called a ‘cycle’. There are usually three cycles, after the last cycle a copy of the video highlights will be provided.

Parents/carers/guardians:

VIG™ can support increased confidence, communication and interactions between adult and child/young person. Recognising when and how attuned communication and interactions are achieved.

Educational settings:

VIG™ can support nursery/school/FE staff in a variety of ways, as part of their Continued Professional Development (CPD), and to inform the appraisal process. It might be used for:

Teachers: may benefit from reflecting on their attuned communication and interactions with their class, target groups or individual pupils, focusing on their strengths, building confidence and developing an understanding of how they communicate effectively with pupils;

Teaching/Learning Support Assistants (TA/SLAs): may benefit from focusing on their positive communication and interaction skills, during small group interventions, or one-to-one (1:1) work;

Pupils: benefit from developing their communication and interaction skills with key adults. It can provide evidence of progress in the development of attuned moments of joint, or shared, communication and interactions.

Other forms of related video interaction tools developed from VIG™, include Video Enhanced Reflective Practice (VERP), Video Feedforward (VFF) and Video Home Training (VHT).