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

Getting Going

Getting Going
Dave Hewett

Chapter overview

  • Starting: making access
    • The person is truly ‘difficult to reach’
    • The person presents as seeming to be very difficult to reach, but actually is not
    • The person is quite social and available, but undeveloped as a communicator
    • Realistic expectations
  • Your first attempts
    • Responsiveness ideas and the ‘available’ look
    • Where to be? Placing yourself
    • Try out some ways of responding
    • Getting lower can really help communication
    • Examples of making access
    • Do you prompt or initiate in order to get things going?
    • First success
    • No observable success in the first and subsequent early try-outs
  • Early success and progress
    • Consolidating your first successes and gradually moving on
    • Keep going with what you have established
    • Getting the ‘feel thing’
    • How do Intensive Interaction activities end?
    • The person gets very excited, the activity can get out of control
    • Flow and mutuality

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