‘’The Fundamentals of Communication’’ include:
- Enjoying being with another person
- Developing the ability to attend to that person
- Concentration and attention span
- Learning to do a sequence of activity with the other person (developing shared attention)
- Taking turns in exchanges of behaviour
- Sharing personal space
- Using and understanding eye contacts
- Using and understanding facial expressions
- Using and understanding physical contacts
- Using and understanding non-verbal communication
- Learning to regulate and control arousal levels
- Emotional understandings and outcomes
- To be playful and to have fun.
- Learning use and understanding of vocalisations, having your vocalisations become more varied and extensive, then gradually more precise and meaningful.
The principles of Intensive Interaction are based on the natural communication development of very young children, but the approach is applicable to all age groups.We can use intensive interaction at any time and in any place. It can be used to teach or just as a way of being people, and can be done anywhere and at any time. Intensive Interaction requires the communication partner to adjust their communication to a developmentally appropriate level for the individual concerned. Interactions centre on playful and enjoyable exchanges. The key is to use methods which maximise the individual’s chances of engaging meaningful with their environment and those around them.
Top tips for Intensive interaction:
- Take the individual’s lead: respond to what they do by joining in, commenting, imitating.
- ‘Tune-in’: to the individuals' communication, mood, non-verbal signals etc.
- Use timing and rhythm, and repetition.
- Pause: don’t rush or try to fill silences.
- Focus: give quality one-to-one time.
- Reflect: on their responses and yours.
- Observe: spend time watching how they communicate and what they enjoy.
- Enjoy! Relax and have fun. If you enjoy it then they are more likely to as well.
- Hewett, D., Barber, M., Firth, G. & Harrison, T. (2011) The Intensive Interaction Handbook. London: Sage Publications.
Here are some further resources about Intensive Interaction that you may find useful. Please speak to a Speech and Language therapist if you have any questions.
- II- parent perspective booklet.pdf
- Intensive Interaction information overview.pdf
- Intensive Interaction - Published Literature & Information Resources 2016.pdf
- Intensive Interaction Week Brochure 2016.pdf
- what intensive interaction means to staff.pdf
- II reflective questions.pdf
- Intensive Interaction style check.pdf
- Intensive interaction activity examples.pdf