Intensive Interaction is an approach for people with autism and/or severe learning disabilities who have difficulties with social communication and relating to others.
  • Accepts and respects the person for who they are
  • Gentle, intuitive and relaxed
  • Responsive
  • Enjoyable and playful
  • Non-invasive and non-directive
  • Does not require special equipment or facilities
  • Can be used anywhere and at anytime
  • Based on sound research evidence



  • Reaches people who appear to 'be in a world of their own'

  • Improves communication and cognition

  • Strengthens emotional connections and bonding

  • Develops self-esteem

  • Enhances emotional understanding and expression

  • Improves confidence using eye contact

  • Reduces anxiety around other people

  • Increases understanding and use of facial expressions, body language and gesture

  • Improves understanding and use of vocalisations and verbal communication

  • Develops concentration abilities

  • Can have a positive impact on behaviour and physical development

"Previously I felt that there was an invisible barrier, an emotional ‘gap’ between me and my son. I didn’t feel connected to him in the same way as I did with my other children. Intensive Interaction has begun to change that."

Rebekah, Samuel's Mum