Welcome to our ‘Connecting with Intensive Interaction’ website.
On this website you will find a lot of useful information about our social communication approach called Intensive Interaction. This website will help you to understand what Intensive Interaction is, who it is for, how best to use it and what benefits it can bring.
You can also read Graham Firth’s ‘Connecting with Intensive Interaction‘ blog series, and you can sign up at the bottom of this page to be notified of all new posts by email.
If you are a parent, a carer, a teacher, a health professional, or anyone else who is interested in Intensive Interaction, then I hope that you will find something useful here.
What is Intensive Interaction?
Intensive Interaction is an approach that can help people with learning disabilities and/or autism, and those who care for or support them, to better communicate. Intensive Interaction is used by parents, carers, teachers and many others to better communicate with someone (a child or adult) who finds communicating difficult, most usually because of a learning disability or autism.
By simply focusing on what a person can do, and joining in with their current communication behaviours, Intensive Interaction helps us to build better communication, and thus to better socially connect with those people who are special to us. It helps us to enjoy each other’s company even more!
What are the benefits of Intensive Interaction?
• Intensive Interaction can help to develop a person’s fundamental social communication abilities.
• Intensive Interaction can help a person with a communication or social impairment to increase or improve their positive communication behaviours.
• Intensive Interaction can help build better social relationships between someone with a communication or social impairment and those people who care for or support them.
For more information regarding Intensive Interaction, check out the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page here.
Read the latest from Graham Firth’s ‘Connecting with Intensive Interaction Blog’ here:
In this Blog I write about the parallels of Intensive Interaction and Person Centred Therapy. Read on for more …
In this, my latest Blog, I share a useful adaptation of a training slide on defining ‘transactional roles and responsibilities’. Read on for more information …
Thinking about the ‘Topic’ of Intensive Interactions … an interesting issue taken from the paper ‘Understanding the importance of the Partner in Communication Development for Individuals with Sensory and Multiple Disabilities’. Read on for more …
My Blog this week is about a new paper on ‘Using Adaptive Interaction to Simplify Caregiver’s Communication with People with Dementia Who Cannot Speak’ (in Frontiers in Communication, Jan 2022). Read on for more …
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