Intensive Interaction is an approach to teaching the 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. Its simplicity and effectiveness has been one of the major themes in the widespread practitioner dissemination that has taken place during the last twenty years. Despite the human simplicity of the approach, Intensive Interaction relates to, or is influenced in practice by, a wide range of interconnecting theories and academic standpoints. With contributions from leading authorities, Dave Hewett provides a comprehensive and detailed description of the theoretical landscape of a now established methodology. The most prominent related theories and issues are reviewed, with Intensive Interaction set within their contexts.  

Intensive Interaction, Emotional Development and Emotional Well-Being

Intensive interaction, emotional development and emotional well-being

Chapter Overview: Why Focus on Emotion?

Emotion was not at the forefront of our thinking when as teachers at Harperbury Hospital school in the 1980s we started experimenting with what is now widely familiar as Intensive Interaction. It was human connectedness with our students that we sought and local psychologist Geraint Ephraim pointed us to augmented mothering, which led us to research on early caregiver-infant interaction and to the beginnings of communication and social development. Studies from developmental psychology illustrated the power of particular styles of interaction for the development of relationships and individuals, yet little was said about emotion in our discussions about the practice we were developing based on this. We ...

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