‘Reconnecting with Intensive Interaction’: why it’s important to attend the 2021 conference.

On Monday 18th October 2021 the Intensive Interaction Institute will be hosting the first-ever ‘Virtual’ Intensive Interaction Conference, and we have chosen the title ‘Reconnecting with Intensive Interaction‘ … with everything that we have experienced over the last 18 months, I feel that this could be our most important conference yet!

This year, as the conference title suggests, we are looking to reconnect with our wide-ranging Intensive Interaction community, and we think this conference will hold great appeal across all our potential delegates i.e. carers (including family carers) and support staff, teachers and other teaching staff, Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, LD nurses, clinical psychologists and various other interested professionals – we usually also get an odd psychiatrist – that’s numerically speaking, not a description of them personally (sorry, that’s a really old joke – but I can’t seem to resist using it).

Anyway, this conference, like all our previous conferences, sets out to fulfil three major purposes, these being:

1. The  conference disseminates useful/vital Intensive Interaction knowledge which will be of interest to the many, many people who now use our approach (yes, obviously). We always try to put on a broad and balanced set of presentations, with useful insights into the use of Intensive Interaction across a range of care, support or teaching contexts (with both children and adults) … and this year’s speakers are again a fantastic group of people who are willing to share their profound Intensive Interaction experiences and insights with us all.

2. The conference is our Intensive Interaction community’s annual get-together to network and catch up with other practitioners and hear all their news and stories. We always get a wide range of great people who attend – and I think it is the high quality of our delegates that makes a great conference; I’m sure this one will be no different.

3. The conference also serves the vital function of bringing through some of the next generation of our ‘Intensive Interaction Community of Practice‘ from being novice attendees at their first conference; we then invite some of them back to be presenters or workshop facilitators (or even conference chairs) – and we have loads of top-notch people evidencing just such a journey this time around. I think this is a really important issue i.e. actively supporting those who will become the next generation of Intensive Interaction ‘leaders in the field’ – this, I think, being more important now than ever before.

So, this year’s conference has a great range of insightful and interesting speakers presenting on a number of really important issues e.g.: Intensive Interaction in the classroom; Intensive Interaction for people with dementia; Intensive Interaction and Positive Behaviour Support; The decision-making processes of Intensive Interaction practitioners; Intensive Interaction for those who speak; Is Intensive Interaction a therapy?; Learning the lessons of caring and support during lockdown; Hearing the Voice of Parents – and, of course, there will be a key-note address from Dave Hewett OBE.

p.s. All the presentations and discussion groups will be recorded and then made available for paying delegates to view via the internet (where else?) for 30 days post-conference.

It all looks absolutely fascinating – to book your place go to: https://www.intensiveinteraction.org/conference-2021/

p.p.s. Book your place by Friday 17th September to enjoy an ‘early bird’ discount price!

I really hope you can join us!

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