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Intensive Interaction

Intensive Interaction
Theoretical Perspectives

Edited by:
  • Dave Hewett - Independent Education Consultant and Author

December 2011 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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 organizational 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
Blind Frogs: The Nature of Human Communication and Intensive Interaction
Melanie Nind
Intensive Interaction, Emotional Development and Emotional Well-Being
Penny Lacey
Interactive Approaches to Teaching and Learning
M. Suzanne Zeedyk
Wired for Communication: How the Neuroscience of Infancy Helps in Understanding the Effectiveness of Intensive Interaction
Lydia Swinton
Intensive Interaction and Its Relationship with the Triad of Impairments in ASD
Mark Barber
Promoting Communication Rather Than Generating Data
Graham Firth
Intensive Interaction for Inclusion and Development
Cath Irvine
Intensive Interaction within Models of Organisational Change
Dave Hewett
What Is Intensive Interaction? Curriculum, Process and Approach

'This is a very welcome addition to the growing body of literature on Intensive Interaction. By drawing on new findings from neurology and a better understanding of the centrality of communication, it demonstrates the power of Intensive Interaction as a practical intervention for a wide range of practitioners' -
Seamus Hegarty, Editor of the European Journal of Special Needs Education, Visiting Professor at Warwick and Manchester Metropolitan

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