An evaluation of Intensive Interaction in community living settings for adults with profound intellectual disabilities

Samuel, Judith, Nind, Melanie, Volans, Amy and Scriven, Issy (2008) An evaluation of Intensive Interaction in community living settings for adults with profound intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 12, (2), 111-126. (doi:10.1177/1744629508090983).


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Intensive Interaction is an approach to enhancing the communication and social abilities of people with profound intellectual disabilities using principles from caregiver-infant interaction. Use of Intensive Interaction by novice practitioners with four women with profound intellectual disabilities living in a supported housing service in England was evaluated. It was hypothesised that staff could learn the principles of Intensive Interaction sufficiently to have a positive impact on the participants’ abilities (during five sessions per week over twenty weeks) and that they would experience a better relationship. A quasi-experimental interrupted time-series multiple-baseline design was used with data collected via video observations, assessment schedules and staff questionnaires. Practitioners learned to use mirroring and contingent responding and participants’ abilities to look at faces and become engaged in interaction and joint focus developed. There was less volume of evidence for improved quality of relationship. Embedding practitioner reflection on interactions was a difficult part of the intervention to implement.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/1744629508090983
ISSNs: 1744-6295 (print)
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Keywords: community living, intellectual disabilities, intensive interaction
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Social Justice and Inclusive Education
ePrint ID: 52070
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 2008Published
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:30

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