Evaluating the Effectiveness of Intensive Interaction Teaching with Pupils with Profound and Complex Learning Disabilities

Watson, J. & Fisher, A. (1997) British Journal of Special Education, 24 (2), 80-87. This research evaluated two teaching methods, including the use of Intensive Interaction, and was carried out in a Scottish school for pupils with very severe learning difficulties and multiple impairments. Six staff-pupil pairs were studied over nine months, with the studyContinue reading “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Intensive Interaction Teaching with Pupils with Profound and Complex Learning Disabilities”

An Evaluation of Intensive Interactive Teaching with Pupils with Very Severe Learning Difficulties

Watson, J. & Knight, C. (1991) Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 7 (3), 310-25. This article describes an exploration of Intensive Interaction by staff at a school for pupils with severe learning difficulties, in Edinburgh. In this one-year study, the researchers attempted to analyse the skills used in infant-parent interaction and apply them to theirContinue reading “An Evaluation of Intensive Interactive Teaching with Pupils with Very Severe Learning Difficulties”

The importance of social interaction in learning and development

With the issue of children being kept out of school being currently debated, and trying not to take sides on how and when all children will be allowed back into their classrooms, I have revisited some of the work of educational theorist Dr Barbara Rogoff.  From Rogoff’s point of view a child’s individual cognitive development is ’embedded in theContinue reading “The importance of social interaction in learning and development”

Intensive Interaction and Positive Psychology – an article by Jana Standford

I was recently in some discussion with a psychologist who was wanting to look at Intensive Interaction from a ‘therapeutic’ and positive psychology perspective. I was then reminded of a article we published in our Intensive Interaction Newsletter (Issue 35) by Jana Stanford who was then working in a voluntary capacity for our Leeds &Continue reading “Intensive Interaction and Positive Psychology – an article by Jana Standford”

Wired for Communication and how the neuroscience of infancy helps in understanding the behaviours of Intensive Interaction

For my blog this week I am once again summarising a really interesting chapter from the book ‘Intensive Interaction Theoretical Perspectives‘ (Ed: Hewett, D. 2011) that I have been rereading recently. This time it is a chapter by Dr Suzanne Zeedyk: Wired for Communication and how the neuroscience of infancy helps in understanding the behaviours of Intensive Interaction.AccordingContinue reading “Wired for Communication and how the neuroscience of infancy helps in understanding the behaviours of Intensive Interaction”

Intensive Interaction emotional development and emotional well-being: by Melanie Nind

For my blog this week I am again summarising a chapter from the book ‘Intensive Interaction Theoretical Perspectives‘ (Ed: Hewett, D. 2011) that I have been rereading recently. This time it is the chapter by Professor Melanie Nind:  Intensive Interaction, emotional development and emotional well-being  In this chapter Melanie Nind (now Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for ResearchContinue reading “Intensive Interaction emotional development and emotional well-being: by Melanie Nind”

Using Intensive Interaction with learners or service users who present with some level of ‘engagement and/or task avoidance’

My Blog this week is admittedly quite long – but please stick with it as I think it addresses a vitally important but little discussed issue. Here goes: The 2019 Intensive Interaction Weekend Workshop discussed using Intensive Interaction with learners or service users who presented with some level of engagement or task avoidance*. We collectively as participantsContinue reading “Using Intensive Interaction with learners or service users who present with some level of ‘engagement and/or task avoidance’”

‘Interactive approaches to teaching and learning’ by Dr Penny Lacy

Interactive approaches to teaching and learning  For my blog this week (which are becoming much more infrequent I know, sorry about that) I am summarising a chapter by the late and sadly missed Dr Penny Lacy from the book: ‘Intensive Interaction Theoretical Perspectives‘ (2011) edited by Dave Hewett, Sage Publications, London.  There is some belting stuff in it!Continue reading “‘Interactive approaches to teaching and learning’ by Dr Penny Lacy”