Intensive interaction is a communication approach aimed at developing interaction and communication abilities between children and adults with communication needs and the people in their environment. This approach is based on the fundamentals of communication
which are the interactions seen between caregivers and their babies; usually within their first
year of life. The caregiver responds to the actions and noises that babies make and interpret this as communication.
Intensive Interaction involves interacting with people with communication needs by imitating
some of their behaviour, responding to then in a very highly responsive way, and mirroring what they do as a basis to communication and interaction. Therefore, this does not necessarily mean interaction will be verbal. Intensive Interaction focuses on teaching the ‘fundamentals of communication’ - the communication that precedes any speech or language
The fundamentals of communication
Intensive Interaction also includes a range of techniques, such as:
Intensive Interaction is understanding the use of the fundamentals of non verbal communication and the increasing understanding and use of the fundamentals of verbal communication - meaningful vocalisations).
Intensive Interaction can be used with most of our student in helping them develop all these skills so they can have meaningful relationships with all caregivers.