Intensive Interaction is a method of communicating with individuals with severe or more complex learning disabilities and/or autism. However, it is increasingly used with other populations too (e.g. individuals with dementia). It is for individuals that are at the early stages of communication development who need to develop the ‘fundamentals of communication’. It supports the individual to relate better to those around them and to learn to enjoy communicating with others.
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. It can be used to teach or just as a way of being with 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.
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