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The Intensive Interaction Handbook

The Intensive Interaction Handbook

  • Dave Hewett - Independent Education Consultant and Author
  • Mark Barber - Independent Education Consultant
  • Graham Firth - Intensive Interaction Project Leader for Leeds Partnerships NHS Trust
  • Tandy Harrison - Special Needs Teacher, Intensive Interaction Coordinator and parent

168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Intensive interaction is an approach to teaching the pre-speech fundamentals of communication to children and adults who have severe learning difficulties or autism, and who are still at an early stage of communication development. This book is a practical guide to help those wishing to implement intensive interaction in their setting, and it provides detailed advice and step-by-step guidance as well as a consideration of all the issues associated with carrying out this approach.

It considers:

  • Preparing for intensive interaction
  • Observing intensive interaction in progress
  • Doing intensive interaction at home and at work
  • Teamwork
  • Wellbeing
  • Record-keeping

This book is a straightforward guide for anyone wanting to use intensive interaction with people with severe and complex learning difficulties, people who have very severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties, multi-sensory impairments, and people who have a diagnosis of autism.

Dave Hewett
The Nature of Human Communication
Graham Firth
Background to Intensive Interaction
Dave Hewett
How Do Human Beings Start Learning to Communicate?
Dave Hewett
Preparing for Intensive Interaction
Dave Hewett
Getting Going
Dave Hewett
Further and Continuing Progress
Mark Barber
Recording the Activities and Maintaining the Processes
Graham Firth & Dave Hewett
Supporting Intensive Interaction in Workplaces
Tandy Harrison
Doing Intensive Interaction at Home
Dave Hewett
Some Associated Issues and Topics
Graham Firth
The Intensive Interaction Community

'In my experience, Intensive Interaction can make a life changing difference to those with autism or complex learning difficulties. If you already use Intensive Interaction, this book is an essential reminder of what makes it special - if not, it will inspire you to give it a try!' -
Nicky Phillips, Educational Psychologist and co-author of 'Teaching Play to Children with Autism'

'The practicalities are covered in detail, as are documentation and record keeping, and this is the strength of this straightforward and useful text'
-SEN Magazine

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Dave Hewett

Dr. Dave Hewett has been working in the field of special education for 40 years. He was headteacher at Harperbury Hospital School throughout the 1980s, where he and the team worked on the development of Intensive Interaction, producing the first publications and first research on Intensive Interaction, resulting in his doctorate. With Melanie Nind he produced the first Intensive Interaction book in 1994. Since 1990 he has been an independent consultant, continuing to publish extensively and work on the development and dissemination of the approach. Dave also publishes and gives courses on challenging behaviour issues, though as he... More About Author

Mark Barber

Graham Firth

Tandy Harrison

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