Intensive Interaction is an approach to teaching the fundamentals of communication to children and adults who have severe learning difficulties or autism, and who are still at an early stage of communication development. Its simplicity and effectiveness has been one of the major themes in the widespread practitioner dissemination that has taken place during the last twenty years. Despite the human simplicity of the approach, intensive interaction relates to, or is influenced in practice by, a wide range of interconnecting theories and academic standpoints. With contributions from leading authorities, Dave Hewett provides a comprehensive and detailed description of the theoretical landscape of a now established methodology. The most prominent related theories and issues are reviewed, with Intensive Interaction set within their contexts.
Issues covered include:
- the approach within education and the curriculum
- intensive interaction within adult services
- effects on organisational change and development
- neurology and learning outcomes
- intensive Interaction and the Central Triad of autism
- emotional learning and development outcomes
- adoption of Intensive Interaction
Providing a timely theoretical and academic overview to Intensive Interaction practice, this book marks a substantial theoretical waypoint to future development of interactive approaches generally. It is a vital resource of in-depth knowledge for anyone studying Special Educational Needs and Education.
Dave Hewett is an independent educational consultant and has published widely on Intensive Interaction since his role in its development.
Dr. Dave Hewett has been working in the field of special education for 40 years. He was headteacher at Harperbury Hospital School throughout the 1980s, where he and the team worked on the development of Intensive Interaction, producing the first publications and first research on Intensive Interaction, resulting in his doctorate. With Melanie Nind he produced the first Intensive Interaction book in 1994. Since 1990 he has been an independent consultant, continuing to publish extensively and work on the development and dissemination of the approach. Dave also publishes and gives courses on challenging behaviour issues, though as he maintains in the challenging behaviour section of this book, 'behaviour difficulties are communication difficulties'. It is therefore not a separate topic. He is now director of the Intensive Interaction Institute, travelling and broadcasting the Intensive Interaction message increasingly worldwide.
Blind Frogs: The Nature of Human Communication and Intensive Interaction - Dave Hewett Intensive Interaction, Emotional Development and Emotional Well-Being - Melanie Nind Interactive Approaches to Teaching and Learning - Penny Lacey Wired for Communication: How the Neuroscience of Infancy Helps in Understanding the Effectiveness of Intensive Interaction - M. Suzanne Zeedyk Intensive Interaction and Its Relationship with the Triad of Impairments in ASD - Lydia Swinton Promoting Communication Rather Than Generating Data - Mark Barber Intensive Interaction for Inclusion and Development - Graham Firth Intensive Interaction within Models of Organisational Change - Cath Irvine What Is Intensive Interaction? Curriculum, Process and Approach - Dave Hewett