Intensive Interaction

Course Overview

Course Leaders:

  • Dave Hewett, or
  • Dr Julie Calveley & Amandine Mouriere

This course will be of interest to staff of all disciplines who work with adults and children with severe learning difficulties, including social services staff, teachers and assistants, nurses, staff from voluntary organisations, therapists and indeed parents and other carers. The focus is on the communication needs of people who have not achieved use nor perhaps understanding of speech and may be “difficult to reach” in various ways. Intensive Interaction is an approach where the member of staff is seen as the main teaching resource, using personal qualities of face, voice and body language to involve the learner in progressive sequences of interactive activities. These activities provide the person with learning difficulties with the opportunity to learn the pre-speech fundamentals of communication such as enjoying being with another person, giving sustained attention, turn-taking, use and understanding of eye contacts, facial expressions, body language and non- verbal signalling.

The course will include extensive use of video examples. Comprehensive hand-outs will be given. Course members should expect to work in a warm, humorous and supportive atmosphere. The trainer will seek feedback from participants throughout the day and tailor the day to meet the group's specific needs.

Dave Hewett is a freelance trainer and consultant for staff working in the field of learning disability. Previously he was Headteacher at Harperbury Hospital School, Hertfordshire, working with Melanie Nind and the staff to develop and research Intensive Interaction. He has published extensively on challenging behaviour and communication, including the book on Intensive Interaction “Access to Communication” (with Melanie Nind).

Dr Julie Calveley & Amandine Mouriere are Intensive Interaction practitioners, Trainers and Associates of Dr Dave Hewett and the Intensive Interaction Institute. Julie has a background in Psychology and is a Registered Learning Disability Nurse. Amandine completed her Masters degree in Autism from the University of South Wales has experience of working with adults & children with a wide range of diagnoses and abilities, as well as in different settings and services.