Pictability™ Training

Experience a new way to build rapport with families

Unlike traditional planning methods typically led by professionals, Pictability™ puts families in the driver’s seat. Through playful exploration, families reconnect with what is truly important to them, their family and their child.

Pictability™ looks at the family as a whole. Research shows that parents often place all their energy into the child with a disability or delay. This is not sustainable in the long term and carers risk burnout and mental health challenges. The Pictability™ experience is designed to consider parents as an individual and their family as a whole. Children thrive when their family thrives.

The Pictability™ experience shines a light on a child’s abilities and strengths and helps families to focus on the things their child can do, opening the possibilities for a bright future. The experience provides a launching pad for the family to get started with achieving some of the goals which builds parenting efficacy. It also clarifies what goals the family will need professional help with thus providing a starting point for early intervention services. Pictability is shown to increase families' readiness to engage with professionals!

Support parents to set a vision for their child and family with an internationally acclaimed visioning tool that informs your family-centred approach. 

As a Pictability facilitator, you will inspire and guide families in their journey, and identify areas that require professional support. Pictability creates an achievable map for a good life. 

Put families in the driver’s seat Pictability encourages playful exploration. 

Families reconnect with what's important to them, their family and their child. Promote a holistic approach to family wellbeing Research shows that parents often place all their energy into a child with a disability or delay. 

Pictability recognises the importance of parental well-being and considers the whole family. 

When a family thrives, the child thrives. Focus on strengths and abilities Pictability shines a light on a child’s strengths. It encourages families to focus on the things their child can do, opening the possibilities for a bright future. Parents learn to get started on setting and prioritising achievable goals. 

Pictability also clarifies which goals need professional support to begin planning for early intervention services. 

A full toolkit comes with the program

The toolkit includes multiple cards and boards designed to support parents expanding on ideas to create deeper and more meaningful (ie developmental, social, learning) children goals as well as family and personal goals for themselves.

The Pictability™ visuals were co-designed with families to build capacity and inspire wellbeing and flourishing (Adler & Seligman, 2016) – informed by evidence about how parents used Individualised Funding to achieve their goals (Mahmic & Janson, 2018).


Train to become a Pictability™ Facilitator

Become a Pictability™ facilitator and support families to set a vision for their child, family and self with this awarding-winning, internationally acclaimed visioning tool that will inform your family-centred approach.

The training is 10 hours long. Sessions are run by peer worker parents who have completed the Pictability™ Facilitator Training and are accredited to run the workshops. There are a maximum of 16 participants per workshop.

Cost: NZ$540 per participant. We also deliver tailored programs for large organisations. Please contact Dr. Annick Janson to discuss group discounts and workshop times.

Module ONE - 3 hrs

In this introductory session, ECI professionals will be introduced to a novel, evidence-based way to build raport with families whilst starting their planning sessions. PictabilityTM is a novel strength-based tool for professionals to use and 

Trainees experience the power of the Pictability resource from a parent’s perspective to understand its value for families.

Module TWO - 4 hrs

In this practical workshop, professionals will:

Module THREE - 3 hrs

In this practical session under the guidance of a Pictability facilitator, you will be paired with another ECI Professional to:

Certification process

Professionals keen to learn about Pictability™ can do Module one and two. 

In order to become a Pictability™ Facilitator, a trainee must complete all three modules. 

Pictability Facilitators can elect to enter the Pictability Certification Program.

What do professionals say about Pictability™ ?

Growing family commitment

What parents can teach service providers

A versatile visioning tool

Working with parents who have a learning disability

A practical way to plan

Personal insights of a professional

Dr. Colette Muir, New Zealand Starship Hospital Paediatrician reflects how Pictability can help parents communicate their vision to professionals. Click here for a series of testimonials from professionals who have done the Pictability Experience of Pictability Facilitator Training.

Our professional trainings

Explaining our Theory of Change

Now and Next is a capacity building initiative for families of young children with a disability or developmental delay and co-designed with them. This Theory of Change visual explains the practical work we have undertaken towards achieving this goal as well as the research we are building. 

We started our work in 2015 at the bottom left of the visual by reviewing our evidence base which we list here. Then each theme builds as we reach the top where we demonstrate the outcomes for our Theory of Change. 

We have an evaluation framework which includes standardised tools that measure the impact of our work. We are gradually building data for each level and you can follow our progress by exploring this site.  

This family capacity building initiative works on 3 groups of people as shown in the illustration above as each has  a part to play in our ultimate outcome which is building family capability through participation.

Our research follows each of these three groups of people as they engage, train and expand their knowledge and become  part of collective communities. 

Click here for a list of our publications/presentations organised within our Theory of Change categories!

Dr. Annick Janson, Research and Innovation Director, explains our theory of change - in a special context.

What next after Pictability™ ?

We developed the Pictability tool to engage families about a future of hope and inclusion for their child with special needs.  

Parents and carers raising children with special needs can join the Now & Next programme (www.nowandnext.org) to build family capacity through participation. It accomplishes this by running evidence-based programs to increase families' empowerment, hope, agency and wellbeing.

In peer groups (face to face or via zoom), they learn  to:

Please contact Dr. Annick Janson for more information.