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Some Associated Issues and Topics

Some Associated Issues and Topics

Some Associated Issues and Topics
Dave Hewett

Chapter overview

  • ‘Age-appropriateness’ and developmental appropriateness
  • Physical contact
  • Use of video recordings
  • Challenging behaviours?
    • Does Intensive Interaction have a beneficial effect on a person’s challenging behaviour?
    • How do you do Intensive Interaction with people liable to be challenging or even violent?

‘Age-Appropriateness’ and Developmental Appropriateness

In our field of work, for many years now, there has been a fashion for employing a notion of what has been termed ‘age-appropriateness’. It seems to be not as prominent as it once was – services everywhere are perhaps having a more enlightened rethink of their values and the practices arising. However, it is clear that practitioners everywhere can still encounter the notion in its crudest form, which seems to be a viewpoint that goes something ...

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