Intensive Interaction is an approach which is used to teach and develop areas including: use and understanding of eye contacts, facial expressions, vocalisations leading to speech, taking turns in exchanges of conversation and the structure of conversation.

How to do Intensive Interaction

Example of Intensive Interaction


When something happens regularly and is built into their routine, children can learn to anticipate this happening. Children are helped to anticipate when adults are consistent and remember to do the same simple routines.

Routines do not need to be complicated, they can be as simple as hello or a damp flannel being pressed on your child’s hand before wiping their face.

Remember to be consistent, give plenty of time for the child to react and carefully watch to see what happens. The action might be small and different to what you were expecting.