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.  

Interactive Approaches to Teaching and Learning

Interactive approaches to teaching and learning

Chapter Overview

It is the intention, in this chapter, to trace the theoretical background to Intensive Interaction, through the exploration of a wider set of ideas known as interactive approaches to teaching and learning. By broadening the parameters of the inquiry, it is intended to give readers the understanding necessary to be able to think creatively about the teaching and learning associated with the early stages of developing social interaction. The chapter is structured around the attempt to answer the following questions.

  • What are interactive approaches to teaching and learning?
  • What are the theoretical underpinnings in terms of child development and learning?
  • How are these underpinnings put into pedagogical practice?
  • What are the roles of the learner and the ...
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