University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 8: Intensive Interaction for children and young people with complex needs and sensory impairments

Presented on Friday, 2nd October 2015

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 34
Number of Respondents: 33

Overall Assessment: 

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?

With children with variety of needs in 1.1 sessions.
I will use this to inform my observations in class and the support I offer colleagues.
Start really thinking about process of communication with my pupils.
I would apply what I have learned using lots of repetition, give plenty of time and have simple expectations.
I will restructure targets. Organise whole school awareness.
In my class with pupils (ASD). I will also use it to help me structure training and support for education staff throughout my school (part of my principal teacher remit).
I've learned a lot with this course.
I will be able to apply what I have learned in my work with children who have autism. I will seek opportunities to develop my skills in intensive interaction.
With 2 students who have no language and complex needs, almost immediately put it into practice. Also tell people, PSAs, SLTs, etc, so they might incorporate it into their practice, too.
Daily work with babies.
Working with 2 babies with Downs Syndrome. Parents asking for support in how to interact/play with children. Will use with early years "autism" children to challenge.
To work with the pupils in my class.
I have 2 children in mind who will really benefit from some quality intense interaction. Knowing it's OK to pause and not rush on.
I work with children with PMLD, but also with autism. At the moment, I feel I have already started implementing intensive interaction, it's something that comes naturally. However, I have learned a lot today, especially how important is to pause and leave processing time. I am going to implement it straight away.
More information on using intensive interaction with children with autism. When I trained with this presenter (25?) years ago, I remember the focus more on PMLD caseload. This approach still makes the most sense to me as an SLT. Inspirational, as always. My 2 year old is already reaping the benefits of me rehearsing again at home!! Luckily I'm going back to a school where intensive interaction takes place in all contexts - trampoline (rebound), resonance boards, hydro sessions, etc.
Glad to know I'm doing so much of what you have said. Feel refreshed and excited to go back with fresh eyes.
Will share with staff team and practice in own service.
Looking at implementing in class and placing it with more importance than maths and language!
Allow more time for interactions to take place.
Not necessarily specific to my class group, but lots of good ideas for the rest of the school.
I will put it into practise from Monday. Upskill my colleagues and parents.
Learning to pause, not to work towards curriculum. Watch the children first, before interaction.
I already use intensive interaction, but I am now required to record and report on my work in my new role, therefore I feel confident in the language I have learned today for this.
Use this as a basis to gain extra knowledge on a pupil's visual impairment.
Will make sure I let the child lead more and not try to force "learning" activities.
I will certainly take on board so much of what we have learned today and filter it into my practice. Importance of going at the pupils pace and less is more!
To further promote communication with my pupils.
I will be using it in my everyday practice at work, allowing myself more time to observe and understand what that child's needs/wants are.
I will use this with pupils in my class who will benefit from intensive interaction.
Will take back to manager to discuss further. Would like to address with my own staff.
That I need to slow down! Pause!

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Thinking time for own pupils while watching video.
Reinforcement/clarity of work we are already doing.
Spending time on the DVDs - using them as illustrations of practice - thought provoking.
DVDs and explanation.
The whole event was inspiring, innovative and simple to carry out. It was all achievable.
Confidence of presenters - dealing with the repetition and focus necessary.
Videos of practice - gives really clear examples of how intensive interaction develops the individual's awareness of themselves and the world around them. Great for tracking progress.
The video material was really helpful in linking theory to practice. (6)
Practical advice, information, use of videos to illustrate principles. Relaxed approach. No group work or sugar paper and markers! Very refreshing.
Hard to choose, it was all so good. Video learning especially.
Seeing the development of both practice and progress on the screen.
Video examples enabled me to understand more how intensive interaction can really benefit my pupils.
Presenter's enthusiasm for the subject - it's catching! (still) Sharing examples of use. Presenter's expertise in reaching children - awesome. Seeing video clips of children/adults with range of abilities.
Nice and relaxed. Good to see evidence that what we are doing works.
Video usage - being able to visualise techniques being used and see it in action.
Videos - discussion of videos. (2)
Presentation style interactive/responsive to group's needs.
The fact that it was just what I needed to understand and hear to support the children that have now started at our LCR (non-verbal and complex).
Video evidence showing how to go about intensive interaction on a daily basis.
The very visual content, the real life case studies. Both speakers passion and enthusiasm for their topic.
Loved everything about the day. The relevance of the content, the practical elements observed in the footage and was inspired by the enthusiasm and passion that very much came across in the presenters.
Having my own beliefs confirmed re developmental reality! Seeing evidence of progress on the videos.
Experience of presenters. Knowledge and advice shared.
Inspiring. Makes you think about the children in my setting.
Video and going back to revisit each time, as this really helped to unpick and see bits I'd missed that others picked up on. Absolutely wonderful!

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

More info across the board, less specific to autism.
The John sequence - although it was mentioned that the teacher was in 'camera mode'. There was some question in my mind about whether she was over directing or whether it was a similar scenario to 'round about the garden'.
Another day.
Peer to peer.
Possibly a couple of examples of recording sheets/forms, if there are any.
More comfortable chairs, possibly chairs around tables for writing/posture.
More focus on certain/specific impairments.
I'd like the course to have been over a few days. So many questions! Not enough time.
More time to discuss issues related to pupil.

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure: 1
Course Info Email from SSC: 10
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 13
SSC eBulletin: 2
Colleague: 3
SSC Website: 2
Other (please state): 1 (Children in Scotland), 1 (our training dept)

What other training would you like the SSC to provide?

More of this: communication/interaction with people with no or little language. More play-based learning/activities.
Multi sensory communication.
VI training for support staff.
Do whole school training? Feel this would be really useful for all colleagues in my school.