Training care staff in intensive interactions
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Training care staff in intensive interactions

Graham Firth Intensive interaction project lead, St Mary’s Hospital, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Charlotte Poyser Research psychology intern, St Mary’s Hospital, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Nicola Guthrie Intensive interaction project co-ordinator, St Mary’s Hospital, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Graham Firth and colleagues discuss how residential and day service staff can change the way they communicate with people who have severe or profound learning disabilities

Intensive interaction is a way of improving communication with children and adults who have severe or profound learning disabilities and/or autism. Research shows intensive interaction interventions often lead to more or new responses. This article discusses the Leeds NHS intensive interaction programme, which was developed to help staff implement the approach with individual service users. It also describes an evaluation of the programme during which feedback was generally positive and respondents said they would recommend the programme to other services.

Learning Disability Practice. 16, 10,14-19. doi: 10.7748/ldp2013.12.16.10.14.e1499

Correspondence

graham.firth@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 28 June 2013

Accepted: 30 September 2013