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 and its Relationship with the Triad of Impairments in ASD

Intensive interaction and its relationship with the triad of impairments in ASD

Chapter Overview

The prospect that Intensive Interaction has particular application to people who have autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) will be placed in the context of present theoretical perspectives on the nature of ASD. In particular, the way in which both the learning outcomes and efficacious interactive nature of the teaching and learning sessions addresses the effects of the ‘central triad of impairment’ will be discussed.

Brief Overview of ASD and the Definition of the Triad

My initial introduction to ASD was during a university course, where the general consensus seemed to be that all people with ASD exhibited the same deficits and strengths – there ...

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