Can adults on the autism spectrum be affected positively by the use of intensive interaction in supported living services?

FRASER Catherine
Journal article citation:
Good Autism Practice, 12(2), October 2011, pp.37-42.
British Institute of Learning Disabilities

This paper considers whether adults on the autistic spectrum can benefit from intensive interaction with supported living programmes. Intensive interaction is a method used to support people who do not find it easy to communicate or who are at the very early stages of social understanding and development. The main aims are to develop a relationship, to enhance the understanding of one another and so to develop and facilitate an individual’s social and communication skills. This case study explores the use of intensive interaction with ‘Derek’, a 67 year old man with autism who is supported to live in his own house. Derek and the author engaged in intensive interaction for three months. After this time, Derek showed improvement in his sociability and there was a reduction in the behaviours which challenged staff. The paper offers evidence that adults on the autism spectrum can benefit from this intervention, even in the later stages of adulthood.

Subject terms:
outcomes, social inclusion, socialisation, supported living, adults, autistic spectrum conditions;
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