Intensive Interaction

At MacIntyre, part of our philosophy is that we believe that everyone has the potential to learn. Intensive Interaction is an approach to interacting with and teaching early communication and interaction skills to people who do not find it easy communicating or being social. It aims to teach the basic Fundamentals of Communication as well as helping develop social ability, cognitive abilities and emotional wellbeing.

By using the Intensive Interaction approach, MacIntyre supports the person with a learning disability to develop competence and confidence as a communicator. It can be used at any time and in any place, taking opportunities as they arise.

Intensive Interaction uses the same skills as Great Interactions, but they are used in a particular way, based on the ‘natural model’ of communication learning. This early learning of the fundamentals of communication seems to be essential to subsequent learning.

The principles of Intensive Interaction include:

  • Mutual enjoyment
  • Waiting and watching
  • Playfulness/Go with the flow
  • Minimalism
  • Hold back
  • Responsiveness
  • The available look
  • Relaxing
  • Tuning-in
  • Don’t do too much
  • Imitation/copying/joining in
  • Pauses

To find out more about Intensive Interactions, contact Gwenne McFadzean, Facilitation Advisor on 07717 896297 or email

Telephone 01908 230100 Email