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.

Background to Intensive Interaction

Background to intensive interaction

The History of Intensive Interaction

The 1980s – The Start of Intensive Interaction

In the 1980s the approach that was to become called ‘Intensive Interaction’ was developed by the teaching staff at Harperbury Hospital School as a teaching approach for people with what was then termed a ‘severe mental handicap’.

The early development work on Intensive Interaction came about as a result of the teaching staffs’ general rejection of the ...

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