Below is a collection of various blogs by Graham Firth, covering a variety of topic areas and issues associated with the theory and practice of Intensive Interaction.
I am using this blog to share news that ‘Intensive Interaction Week 2022’ will be the week commencing Monday 17th October 2022. Read on for more detials …Keep reading
In this Blog I write about the parallels of Intensive Interaction and Person Centred Therapy. Read on for more …Keep reading
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 …Keep reading
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 …Keep reading
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 …Keep reading
My Blog this week focuses on the ‘The Double Empathy Problem’ – a description of the ‘breakdown in reciprocity and mutual understanding that can happen between people with very differing ways of experiencing the world.’ The Blog is based on the work of Dr Damian Milton.Keep reading
‘Intensive Interaction: an evaluation of two different recording formats’ – a study looking at the introduction of two different Intensive Interaction paper recording systems in a UK special school. Read on for more…Keep reading
A ‘Festive’ Christmas Blog: sharing ‘good will’ with one and all … even to ‘the loneliest man in the hospital’! Read on for more …Keep reading
The ‘Efficacy of Intensive Interaction’ … 25 years on from Melanie Nind’s ground-breaking Intensive Interaction research paper.
For my Blog this week I look back at Melanie Nind’s ground-breaking paper on the ‘Efficacy of Intensive Interaction’, published 25 years ago.Keep reading
As part of the current organisational changes taking place at the Intensive Interaction Institute, we have been asked to contribute to a SWOT analysis (SWOT = Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats). I thought it might be useful to share my contribution on our approach’s identifiable ‘Strengths’ …Keep reading
In a recent edition of Private Eye, they ran a story about Cygnet Health Care, a private company that runs residential and care services across the UK, stating that it is ‘entirely publicly funded by the NHS and local councils. Patients with learning difficulties in its care were slapped, kicked and abused. And now its owners are getting a £50m dividend.‘ (https://twitter.com/PrivateEyeNews/status/1319606653520695303) According to Private Eye, the £50 million dividend was paid to the US parent company using a well-recognised tax avoidance mechanism of paying interest on a ‘loan’ to another part of the same company to make sure the company…Keep reading
A Blog setting out some reflective thoughts on 17 years as an NHS Intensive Interaction Project Leader … Read on for more …Keep reading
The TV documentary ‘Silent Minority’ was first shown on British TV 40 years ago this week – it perhaps did more than anything else to evidence the degrading and inhuman living conditions suffered by many people with learning disabilities in large scale institutional care at the time.
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So, how do I know if I am doing Intensive Interaction with a person?
For my Blog this week I am reproducing a slightly abridged section of the FAQs document from the Intensive Interaction ‘Adult Services Documents’ and ‘Curriculum Documents for Schools’ packs.
In this week’s Blog, Graham Firth tries to unpick some of the complex issues around researching Intensive Interaction, most specifically what ‘outcomes’ (and whose ‘outcomes’) should be considered important, and the potential difficulties such considerations can bring.Keep reading
A welcoming Blog from Graham Firth: in his first Blog on the new ‘Connecting with Intensive Interaction’ website, Graham Firth sets out a few (admittedly quite vague) plans for the future development of the site … and invites new contributors to write their own Blogs!Keep reading
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