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.

How Do Human Beings Start Learning to Communicate?

How do human beings start learning to communicate?

This chapter looks at:

  • How babies communicate
  • How communication and interaction develop.

In Chapter 1 we briefly looked at the wonderful scope of human communication abilities. Human communication takes place at high speed in various ‘channels’ – sound, vision, touch and smell. Our communication abilities are complex, elaborate, intricate, detailed, multilayered, multifaceted and enjoyable. There is general agreement that the learning of being a communicator is the most complicated learning that human beings do. I have already emphasised in Chapter 1, how incredibly complicated is, for instance, face-to-face communication.

Yet, as we must all be aware from our own experiences, learning to be a communicator is the first learning; it starts on day 1 ...

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