Intensive interaction: to build fulfilling relationships

Authors:
HARRIS Charly, WOLVERSON Emma
Journal article citation:
Journal of Dementia Care, 22(6), 2014, pp.27-30.
Publisher:
Hawker

A speech and language therapist and a clinical psychologist explain how they use Intensive Interaction in their work with people living with dementia and care staff. The approach was originally developed for children and adults with severe learning difficulties, and its primary aims are to help with communication skills, participatory social inclusion and provide therapeutic support. The approach involves observing the person, picking up their key behaviours and using them to start a dialogue using the other persons movement and gestures. The article explains how to carry out Intensive Interaction, looks at authors experiences work working with Intensive Interaction, and their reflections on teaching the approach to staff and using it with people with dementia and their families. (Original abstract)

Subject terms:
communication, dementia, therapy and treatment, interpersonal relationships;
Location(s):
United Kingdom
Link:
Journal home page
ISSN print:
1351-8372

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