How VIG Works

How do families benefit from VIG?

Video Interaction Guidance helps you understand and improve your communication. When you and your child communicate better, you will:

  • Feel better about your relationship with your child;
  • Feel better about yourself as a parent;
  • Manage difficult behaviours or difficult situations more effectively;
  • Reduce conflict in your family;
  • Feel more hopeful about the future.

There is a growing body of evidence that supports VIG as a therapeutic approach for improving parent child relationships. It is recommended in three NICE guidelines: Social and Emotional Wellbeing (ages 0-5yrs); Autism: Management and support of children and young people on the autism spectrum; Children’s attachment. The NSPCC also uses it as an intervention.

What will happen?

When you start VIG we will meet with you to understand what you find hard about parenting and what you would like to be different. Next, we’ll film you playing or spending time with your child. We will then select a few short clips showing you what you’re doing well. We will then look together at these clips so you can see what you are doing well as a way of helping you with what you would like to be different.

In our standard VIG package, we will film, select clips and look at them together between three and six times.

In our taster VIG package, we film, select clips and look at them together once or twice.

Parents are often nervous before being filmed for the first time. We will do everything we can to reassure you. Our experience is that parents are usually pleasantly surprised when they see the films of themselves and their child and the nerves are quickly forgotten. We are confident that you will enjoy the process that will strengthen the relationship you have with your child.

In summary:

  1. Your VIG guider will meet with you. They will talk about VIG with you, answer any questions and set some goals.
  2. Your VIG guider will come to your home at a time that suits you. If you’d prefer to do the filming somewhere else, we can try to make this possible. They will take a 10 minute film of you and your child doing an activity together that you both enjoy.
  3. Your VIG guider takes the film away and chooses two or three clips that show moments of better than usual communication.
  4. You and the VIG guider will then meet to look at the clips together. This is called the shared review. They will help you see what you are doing well, and help you think how you might do more of it.
  5. Most families find that three filming sessions and shared reviews is enough to make the changes they want, but sometimes one or two is enough and sometimes it takes longer.

Watch this short film that explains the VIG process: