Intensive interaction: to build fulfilling relationships

Journal article citation:
Journal of Dementia Care, 22(6), 2014, pp.27-30.

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;
United Kingdom
Journal home page
ISSN print:

Key to icons

  • Free resource Free resource
  • Journal article Journal article
  • Book Book
  • Digital media Digital media
  • Journal Journal

Give us your feedback

Social Care Online continues to be developed in response to user feedback.

Contact us with your comments and for any problems using the website.

Sign up/login for more

Register/login to access resource links, advanced search and email alerts