Intensive interaction is an approach to teaching the pre-speech fundamentals of communication to children and adults who have severe learning difficulties or autism, and who are still at an early stage of communication development. This book is a practical guide to help those wishing to implement intensive interaction in their setting, and it provides detailed advice and step-by-step guidance as well as a consideration of all the issues associated with carrying out this approach.

The Nature of Human Communication

The nature of human communication

This chapter looks at:

  • How we communicate
  • How communication issues affect all of us.

Is it not wonderful to be a communicator? Do you not think that human communication is a brilliant thing to take part in, or to watch other people doing? Do you like ‘people watching’? Most of us find watching other people's communications to be fascinating don't we?

Think about all the things you do in life that you enjoy. Yes, there are many. But is it not true that the best thing for nearly all of us is just being with other people and chit-chatting? Most of us do plenty of it, every day.

This is a brief introductory chapter about communication in general. Before thinking specifically ...

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