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Intensive interaction is a practical approach that can help people who are in the early stages of communication development. This approach can be used to support those who have complex communication needs - including those who are congenitally deafblind or have additional learning disabilities - to relate, interact and share experiences with others on their terms.
The approach can be used if someone is reluctant to, or disinterested in, interacting with other people.
Techniques such as turn taking, mirroring, rhythm and repetition, and sharing personal space can be used to support communication exchange that is initiated and led by the person, and in turn promotes a positive interaction.
Visit the Intensive Interaction Institute's website to find out more about intensive interaction.