SSC Webinar: Intensive Interaction

Not being able to speak is not the same as not having anything to say

Presented on Tuesday, 7th December 2021


This half day course explored Intensive Interaction and how to make connections with children and young people who are hard to reach.

During this course participants learned about the theories behind this approach and the strategies to help us enter another person's world. Staff shared their experiences of using intensive interaction. There were opportunities to see lots of positive examples of how this approach is being used and how it is incorporated into everyday interactions.

The course highlighted how to use this approach within your education settings; to increase children and young people's motivation and engagement in learning and promote their wellbeing. There was also a focus on how to track and monitor each pupil's progress and levels of engagement.

"Intensive interaction works on early interaction abilities - how to enjoy being with other people, to relate, interact, know, understand and practice communication routines."
(Dave Hewett – co-founder of Intensive Interaction)

Target Audience

Teachers of Visual Impairment, Teachers of the Deaf, Teaching and Non Teaching staff in special schools, Early Years staff, and Third Sector.


Ruth Kerr, Speech & Language Therapist, NHS Forth Valley (works within specialist provisions supporting young people with complex and enduring needs).

Susi Wakely, Educational Psychologist with Falkirk Children's Services (leads the severe and complex needs' development strand within the Educational Psychology Service).