Intensive Interaction as a proactive strategy to reduce behaviours that may challenge

‘Can adults on the autism spectrum be affected positively by the use of intensive interaction in supported living services?’ – Yes, and here’s some evidence!

The use of Intensive Interaction within a Positive Behavioural Support framework

Following on from my previous Blog on the ‘Differentiation and Integration Phase’ of Intensive Interaction, I thought I would share a summary of a research paper to illustrate my contention i.e. that Intensive Interaction is now increasingly being used within or alongside other educational, health or care approaches. Read on for more …

The ‘Differentiation and Integration Phase’ of Intensive Interaction: the ‘Pros and Cons’?

The ‘Differentiation and Integration Phase’ of Intensive Interaction -the ‘Pros and Cons’? Following on from my last Blog, I will now try to set out my thinking about any potential ‘Pros and Cons’ of a ‘Differentiation and Integration Phase’ of the Intensive Interaction journey.
Read on for more …

‘Mothers’ experience of Intensive Interaction’ – a research paper

Given my current interest in the parental view of Intensive Interaction, for my Blog this week I am posting a summary of a research paper into ‘Mothers’ experience of Intensive Interaction’. Follow the link to access the summary …

A direct link between sociability and sensory processing disorder?

I was recently notified of a paper: Fotoglou, A. et al (2023) ‘Sociability: The key to sensory processing disorder’, Brazilian Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 2 (No.1), p. 82-97. The paper sets out evidence to support a direct link between sociability and sensory processing disorder. Read on for more information …

New paper on using ‘Adaptive Interaction’ with people with dementia

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 …

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.

Improvised music to support Intensive Interaction for children with complex needs: A feasibility study of brief adjunctive music therapy

I have recently been alerted to a new research paper by Music Therapist Dr John Strange. The paper reports on a quantitative research study that is worthy of further consideration. 

30 Years of Intensive Interaction Research

This Blog revisits the first published Intensive Interaction research paper (that is now nearly 30 years old) – illustrating just how long-standing and well-established Intensive Interaction research now is.

Researching Intensive Interaction: which ‘outcomes’ are the most important, and for who?

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.