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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?

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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