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

Preparing for Intensive Interaction

Preparing for Intensive Interaction
Dave Hewett

Chapter overview

  • The aims and outcomes of Intensive Interaction
    • The Fundamentals of Communication
    • The Fundamentals of Communication (2) – emotional and psychological developments
  • The principles of Intensive Interaction
    • What help do we take from looking at the ‘natural model’ of infancy?
  • What are Intensive Interaction sessions like?
    • Simple, enjoyable activities
    • Intensive Interaction activities or sessions can take many forms
    • The activities develop and change
    • What equipment or resources do we need?
    • Intensive Interaction practitioners do need a flexible range of behaviour
    • Principles not ‘rules’
    • Planning or preparation for activities?
  • Preparation
    • Who are you going to do Intensive Interaction with?
    • Mental preparation
    • Write a programme or scheme of work?
    • Finding one-to-one time
  • Observation
    • Do a baseline
    • Video
  • Preparing the team
    • The whole team goes for it together?
    • Or the team goes for it perhaps one ...
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