About Graham Firth

NHS Intensive Interaction Project Leader (2003-2020)

Founding Director: Intensive Interaction Institute

Former Editor of The Intensive Interaction Newsletter

After working for 6 years in the 1980s as a care-assistant at a large residential hospital for people with learning disabilities, Graham became a qualified teacher after earning his P.G.C.E from The University of Leeds. Initially working in mainstream primary education, he then moved into further education for students with severe or profound learning disabilities; it was with such learners that he adopted Intensive Interaction as his main classroom practice. To further develop his understanding of Intensive Interaction, and its place in special education more generally, Graham went on to study for an Advanced Diploma in Special Needs Education and a Masters of Arts degree (in Education) from The Open University.

In 2003 Graham took up the post of Intensive Interaction Project Leader at the Leeds & York Partnership NHS Trust, where he worked for 17 years to train and support others to adopt and develop their own Intensive Interaction practices or services. Over his time as the NHS project leader, Graham published a range of Intensive Interaction books, training packs and research and position papers (see below).

Graham won the Leeds & York Partnership NHS Trust prize for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Improving Services’ in 2009 and was also presented with the Intensive Interaction Institute ‘Certificate of Outstanding Dedication and Service’ by Dr Dave Hewett OBE in 2014. Graham was Editor of the Intensive Interaction Newsletter from 2004 to 2017, and has organised the national UK Intensive Interaction Conference since 2005.

List of Publications

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Resource Packs & Training DVDs:

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