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

Supporting Intensive Interaction in Workplaces

Supporting Intensive Interaction in Workplaces
Dave HewettGraham FirthJules McKim

Chapter overview

  • The environment
  • The best working atmosphere for supporting Intensive Interaction work
  • Methodical, organised collaboration
  • Settings: special schools and units
    • Dedicated Intensive Interaction classrooms
  • Integrating Intensive Interaction with other work and approaches
  • Three good underlying principles of Intensive Interaction
  • Settings: adult residential and day services
  • Settings: the Interactive Café

In this chapter we offer some general advice on workplace issues for supporting Intensive Interaction practice. We will try to provide a vision of the ‘best-case’ scenario in most respects, while also attempting to not be overly prescriptive. Successful workplaces take many forms. Our apologies – we may at times be offering some advice that feels obvious to some readers.

The Environment

The environment in which we attempt to develop Intensive Interaction with ...

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