The only guide you need to read on the Intensive Interaction approach returns for its second edition, this time with its founder, Dave Hewett, as the Editor. The Intensive Interaction approach has spread around the world and has been hugely influential in developing and teaching communication techniques with individuals who have severe learning difficulties and autism. This straightforward, no-nonsense handbook contains: – 2 new chapters: The Intensive Interaction Outcomes Reporter; and Autism and Intensive & Intensive Interaction and more able people; – photo stories demonstrating the approach in practice; – links to external videos presenting the photo stories in greater depth. More information on the Intensive Interaction community and approach can be found on dedicated social media pages, and at

Background to Intensive Interaction

Background to Intensive Interaction
Graham FirthJules McKim

Chapter overview

  • The history of Intensive Interaction
    • The 1980s – the start of Intensive Interaction
    • The 1990s – things move on
    • 2000–2010 – a new millennium
    • Into the future – 2010 onwards …
  • What is Intensive Interaction?
  • Who is Intensive Interaction for?
  • What does Intensive Interaction teach? The ‘Fundamentals of Communication’
  • The nature of communication work in our services

The History of Intensive Interaction

The 1980s – the start of Intensive Interaction

In the early 1980s the approach that was to become called ‘Intensive Interaction’ was developed by the teaching staff at Harperbury Hospital School as a teaching approach for people with what was then termed a ‘severe mental handicap’.

The early development work on Intensive Interaction came about partly as a result of the teaching staff’s ...

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