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Intensive Interaction

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Type(s) : Behavioural/Developmental


Mother and child with autism Intensive Interaction is an approach based on natural conversations at a level that a person can understand and join in with. This is achieved by following the individual’s lead and mirroring his or her behaviours and vocalisations.

Once an individual’s attention has been gained a sequence of interactions begin which build over time. During the interactions the individual learns the fundamentals of communication (getting a response and responding, reading and using facial expressions, body language, eye contact, turn-taking, vocalising).

One of the most important things an individual learns through the process is that other people are good to be with and that other people enjoy being with them.


We are currently reviewing the research evidence on the use of intensive interaction for people with autism.

If you are aware of further research, or you would like to share your personal experiences of using intensive interaction please email info@researchautism.net Thank you.

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Last Updated : 26/03/2013
Next Review : 26/03/2016
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