Following the Client’s Lead, Day 3

Super tips to help you in “Following the Client’s Lead”

As mentioned in some of the videos, following the client’s lead does involve following their interests, but it also involves a lot more. Here is a bullet list of things to look for in following the client’s lead:

  1. Following their pacing. Does the client need things to happen slowly in order to attend and process well? Do they need things to happen quickly to energize their bodies in order to pay attention?

      2. Following their need for volume levels. Does the client need a soft, soothing volume or voice to feel safe? Does the client need a voice or volume that is encompassing and louder in order to attend well, be interested and energized?

3. What kind of visual atmosphere works best for your client? Do they need a busy environment, lots of color, maybe bright lighting? Does the client need an open, calm, spacious environment? Do they need the lighting low?

4. Does the client need to move or pace or do they need to be very still in order to feel safe and concentrate?

5.Does the client need a warmed room or do they need to be cool to be able to attend?

How do you let them know they have been heard? How do you provide a warm, secure, intrinsicly enticing interaction, that the client wants to be involved in?

Of course, we always want to look at what “lights up our client’s attention”. What are the conditions? What if they have attention issues and there are elements that we know they can attend better to, but those conditions do not sustain their attention? Maybe those elements need to be modulated in the process or maybe we need to give them regular, quick, short doses to first continue to regain their attention, repeatedly. Maybe that is the most they can tolerate at this time?

Following the client’s lead is looking at the whole person. Where are they, what do they need? What helps them attend, what interests them, what motivates them?

Client’s with “too many interests” – To be able to sustain attention long enough to deepen their thoughts, can be brought back into the interaction and deepen the interaction with careful watching,listening and intentional playing off their play.

We love to hear your thoughts. Any thoughts or comments are always welcome, and we look forward to interacting with you! Thank you for reading!

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