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. 

A glossary of useful research terms

BASELINE PHASE: a baseline phase is the period in research before a new approach (intervention) is started. BASELINE ASSESSMENT: a baseline assessment is an assessment of someone’s skills or competences prior to the start of an intervention in order to be able to objectively evaluate the effects of the intervention. DATA: information gathered and organisedContinue reading “A glossary of useful research terms”

Some other Intensive Interaction articles & papers of interest:

Barber M. (2007) ‘Imitation, interaction and dialogue using Intensive Interaction: tea party rules’, Support for Learning, 22, 124–30. Firth, G. (2006) ‘Intensive Interaction: a Research Review’, Mental Health & Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 3 (1), 53-58. Firth, G., Poyser, C. & Guthrie, N. (2013) ‘Training care staff in Intensive Interactions’, Learning Disability Practice, 16Continue reading “Some other Intensive Interaction articles & papers of interest:”

Getting in touch with our feminine sides? Men’s difficulties and concerns with Intensive Interaction

Culham, A. (2004) British Journal of Special Education, 31 (2), 81-88. Methodology: This research addressed a number of issues faced by male practitioners using Intensive Interaction (Intensive Interaction) Using both questionnaires and interviews, data was gathered from over 35 practitioners, including F.E. lecturers, teachers, day-centre staff, psychologists, and speech & language therapists. Over half ofContinue reading “Getting in touch with our feminine sides? Men’s difficulties and concerns with Intensive Interaction”

Intensive Interaction and discourses of personhood: A focus group study with dementia caregivers

Cheyann J Heap & Emma Wolverson (2018) in Dementia, online. Introduction: According to the authors of this paper, due to ‘the medicalisation of dementia … dehumanising social practices and attitudes are enabled, and reinforced by medical discourses of dementia which have become societal discourse … Within the medical societal discourse, people with dementia are excessivelyContinue reading “Intensive Interaction and discourses of personhood: A focus group study with dementia caregivers”

Examining the impact of a city-wide Intensive Interaction staff training program for adults with profound and multiple learning disability: a mixed methods evaluation

Clegg, J., Black, R., Smith, A. & Brumfitt, S. (2018) Disability and Rehabilitation [on-line] This study of day service staff focused on answering three questions, these being: What did staff think about using Intensive Interaction in their daily work with people with PMLD? What challenges did staff experience in implementing Intensive Interaction? What support doContinue reading “Examining the impact of a city-wide Intensive Interaction staff training program for adults with profound and multiple learning disability: a mixed methods evaluation”

The use of Intensive Interaction with people with severe-profound intellectual disability

Weedle, S. (2016) Learning Disability Practice, 19(9), 27-34. This paper reviewed the academic and research literature focusing on studies of Intensive Interaction with people with a severe-profound intellectual disability. The literature search produced 18 relevant peer-reviewed papers (6 quantitative, 6 mixed methods and 4 qualitative) 16 from the UK, 1 from Australia and 1 fromContinue reading “The use of Intensive Interaction with people with severe-profound intellectual disability”

The Effectiveness of Intensive Interaction: A Systematic Literature Review

Hutchinson, N. & Bodicoat, A. (2015) Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 28 (6), 437-454. This paper looked at 15 quantitative and 3 qualitative peer-reviewed papers which examined the efficacy of Intensive Interaction (I.I.) with participants of different ages in both educational and residential settings: In Nind’s 1996 study, a multiple-baseline study with 6 adultContinue reading “The Effectiveness of Intensive Interaction: A Systematic Literature Review”

Clinical Psychologists’ Views of Intensive Interaction as an Intervention in Learning Disability Services

Berry, R., Firth, G., Leeming, C. & Sharma, V. (2014) Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 21 (5), 403-410. Some Background This explored clinical psychologists’ views of Intensive Interaction as an intervention in learning disability services in terms of its theoretical underpinning and empirical support. It was also hoped that the study might illuminate significant issues influencingContinue reading “Clinical Psychologists’ Views of Intensive Interaction as an Intervention in Learning Disability Services”

Effective Engagement through Intensive Interaction

Sharma, V. & Firth, G. (2012) Learning Disability Practice, 15 (9), 20-23. This paper reviews research on the effects of Intensive Interaction on the conduct, health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities who exhibit severe challenging behaviour, and on the wellbeing of their carers.  The authors conclude that Intensive Interaction can benefit clients, carersContinue reading “Effective Engagement through Intensive Interaction”