Programme: Introduction to Intensive Interaction (2 day)

This two day Introduction course establishes the concepts and fundamental principles of Intensive Interaction. The approach is introduced within a rationale of how severe-profound levels of intellectual disability disrupt a person’s ability to learn ‘how to learn’. The rationale underpinning the training event is based on a cognitive approach to learning and the development of understanding about communication. This rationale does not depend on models of typical infant development, or how we acquire knowledge, but concerns itself with how we use it. The main focus of the day is working with pre-, or un- intentional communicators, and those clients who are demonstrating emerging intentionality.

The rationale is closely supported by peer reviewed research and perspectives of the interaction between communication, cognition and profound Intellectual disabilities, often with autistic spectrum disorders. The presentation has been well received by audiences from a wide range of professional and non-academic backgrounds. Informed by twenty five years of classroom practice and research, this extended Introduction programme examines how practitioners can use Interactive Approaches to underpin the day to day delivery of cognitively appropriate learning experiences.

The programme has been designed so that practitioners can enter their classrooms the following day with the confidence, clear strategies and skills to begin introducing the approach. To ensure that the presentation matches the needs of the audience, please contact me to discuss the client group addressed by your service, so that the videos, resources etc that are used, reflect your focus.


A rationale of how we learn

What does the term Profound Intellectual & Multiple Disability [PIMD] actually mean?

PIMD changes the person’s experience of learning, communication and control; how do we respond – how might we respond differently?

It is not the skills of the learner that enable them to interact successfully, it is

the flexibility of the environment

How does age interact with PIMD?

Creating ‘Small Islands in the Chaos’

Intensive Interaction

What is it?

Where does Intensive Interaction come from?

Who do you do it with?

What’s the point of doing it?

What’s the theory?

What does it achieve?

What’s the evidence?

What do you do?

What does it look like?

Working with learners with autistic spectrum disorders


Room management

How do you recognise progress?

How do you support it happening?

What makes it different?

Touch and consent issues

Is it age appropriate?


Report styles

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