Intensive Interaction

What is Intensive Interaction?

  • Intensive Interaction was developed in the 1980’s by Dave Hewett Ph.D and Melanie Nind Ph.D, who were both teachers at a school for children with Learning Difficulties.
  • Intensive Interaction is a communication approach that supports the learning and social needs of people who are still at the early stages of communication development.
  • Intensive Interaction is tuning into the person by listening and observing how and when they are trying to communicate and then responding at their level of understanding.
  • It is joining someone in their own world, following their lead and using their ‘language’.
  • It is a way of learning to communicate and build meaningful, equal relationships with people who have significant communication and interaction difficulties.
  • It is an approach where the main tools are the adult’s face, voice and body language.