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

How Do Human Beings Start Learning to Communicate?

How Do Human Beings Start Learning to Communicate?
Dave Hewett

Chapter overview

  • How babies learn to communicate
  • How communication and interaction develop

In Chapter 1 we briefly looked at the wonderful scope of human communication abilities. Human communication takes place at high speed in various ‘channels’ – sound, vision, touch and smell. Our communication abilities are complex, elaborate, intricate, detailed, multilayered, multifaceted and enjoyable. There is general agreement that the learning of being a communicator is the most complicated learning that human beings do. I have already emphasised in Chapter 1 how face-to-face communication, for instance, is so incredibly complicated.

Yet, as we must all be aware from our own experiences, learning to be a communicator is the first learning; it starts ...

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