Jacob's journey: developing sociability and communication in a young boy with severe and complex learning difficulties using the Intensive Interaction teaching approach

Kellett, Mary (2003). Jacob's journey: developing sociability and communication in a young boy with severe and complex learning difficulties using the Intensive Interaction teaching approach. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 3(1) pp. 18–34.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-3802.2003.00181.x

Abstract

This case study evaluates the efficacy of Intensive Interaction in developing the social and communication ability of a young boy with severe learning difficulties. The Intensive Interaction approach is based on the model of caregiver–infant interaction and underpinned by theoretical foundations of psychological literature of early development. A multiple-method approach was adopted mixing quantitative and qualitative data. An intricate system of behaviour coding was devised so that progress could be measured via video-recorded observation. Findings showed that substantial progress was made in sociability and communication, with some new behaviours such as eye contact emerging. Stereotypy was also observed to reduce substantially.

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