1st Edition

The Intensive Interaction Classroom Guide Social Communication Learning and Curriculum for Children with Autism, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, or Communication Difficulties

Edited By Amandine Mourière, Pam Smith Copyright 2022
    184 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    184 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is a practical guide to implementing the Intensive Interaction Approach in a school setting and provides essential technical support to teachers and practitioners from nursery to Post-16 who want to embed it into their classroom practice. Geared mainly towards supporting children with communication and social-communication difficulties arising from autism or learning difficulties, the principles apply equally to students of all levels of cognitive ability who struggle with social situations and emotional or sensory regulation.

    The Intensive Interaction Classroom Guide brings together contributions from experienced teachers, teaching assistants, and headteachers, who reflect on their practice and share practical tips to facilitate social-communication development within a nurturing classroom environment. Offering practical advice on curriculum and pedagogy and drawing on case studies, authors address key themes on a practical level, while grounding their discussions theoretically and methodologically.

    Filled with practical advice and techniques, this book will be essential to anyone working in classroom settings with students who experience social-communication difficulties or need a nurturing approach to emotional well-being.


    Dave Hewett

    1 Introduction

    Amandine Mourière and Pam Smith

    2 The Story of Intensive Interaction

    Dave Hewett

    3 What Do Students with Autism and Learning Disabilities Need to Learn?

    Pam Smith

    4 Intensive Interaction as a Teaching and Learning Approach

    Amandine Mourière

    5 My Journey to Intensive Interaction in the Early Years Foundation Stage

    Rhianne Richards

    6 Developing a Whole-school Approach to Using Intensive Interaction to Promote Social Communication and Well-being

    Debbie Stagg

    7 Intensive Interaction within the General Communication Curriculum

    Lana Bond and Inga K. Serafin

    8 Intensive Interaction within our Holistic and Child-centred Approach at Brøndagerskolen

    Sanne Laudrup and Pernille Hasseriis Noach

    9 Developing the Fundamentals of Communication Through Free-flow Play

    Julie Cassidy and Katy Snell

    10 Intensive Interaction and Birth Process Central Curriculum Access

    Sue Lowry and Bec Anderson

    11 Touch: The Cement that Binds Us

    Julia Barnes

    12 Management Issues: Ensuring a School is Intensive Interaction Friendly

    Anne Adams

    13 Ensuring Access to Intensive Interaction through Education Health and Care Plans

    Lucy Hankin

    14 Getting It Right with Recording Intensive Interaction

    Ian Harris and Pam Smith

    Appendix 1: Video observation sheet

    Appendix 2: Summary of observations

    Appendix 3: A value charter for schools

    Appendix 4: Intensive Interaction: new development form

    Appendix 5: Style/technique list




    Amandine Mourière is a freelance autism and learning disability consultant and a Team Leader at the Intensive Interaction Institute.

    Pam Smith is the autism support teacher and Intensive Interaction Coordinator at two Surrey special schools.

    "Embedding Intensive Interaction at the heart of a school’s educational, pastoral and care provision should be seen as a vital element in meeting our children’s special educational needs. This book offers reflective, insightful and practically useful perspectives and resources that can significantly help in this process. Setting each individual child at the very centre of their own social and communicative development is what Intensive Interaction undoubtedly delivers; this book will help schools and teaching staff alike to more effectively meet that challenge." - Graham Firth, Intensive Interaction Institute Team Leader and Founding Director

    "Intensive Interaction IS communication, and this book illustrates this very clearly. In the 70s, when I started in SEN, we quickly realised behaviour modification was not right for our students. We began using music and dance, symbols and timetables, plus social stories. We also began to realise how much our students – and their families – could teach us! Maybe this was the beginning of II…which has now been refined to the professional standard illustrated by the many contributors to this book. Importantly, it has not lost any of its spontaneity or its child-centred emphasis." - Ruth Buchan, former Headteacher Freemantle School

    "It has been a long time since Kellett and Nind’s ‘Implementing Intensive Interaction in Schools’ did "what it said on the box" and became every I.I. Coordinator’s go-to reference, so it is great to see the arrival of 'The Intensive Interaction Classroom Guide' which gives a range of contexts to the experiences of practitioners now using Intensive Interaction in classrooms. It contains some especially helpful and current references to EYFS, ECHPs and Ofsted that both lone practitioners and coordinators in schools will find reassuring and useful." - Dr Mark Barber, Consultant in Profound Intellectual Disability and Severe Communication Impairment in Australia

    "This practical guide provides support for teachers working from nursery to Post-16 with a wide range of students, not only those with autism or learning differences." - Mary Mountstephen, SEN Magazine