Intensive Interaction Theory to Practice

Deakin University offers the only accredited training in Intensive Interaction outside the UK.

What is Intensive Interaction?

  • an approach to teaching the pre-speech fundamentals of communication to children and adults who have complex intellectual difficulties and/or autism and who are still at an early stage of communication development
  • a practical approach to interacting with people with learning disabilities who do not find it easy communicating or being social
  • an approach to developing the ability and desire to communicate and participate in social interactions.

Who would benefit from the program?

People who are working or training to work with people who have complex intellectual disabilities.

Program Outline

This unit explores theoretical and practical aspects of Intensive Interaction. Topics include observation techniques, responding interactively, recognising progress, self-evaluation and video analysis, as well as perspectives of attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities. The unit also examines the critical perspectives and developments in psychology and learning that underpin the approach, and reflects on successful approaches to embedding the use of Intensive Interaction in a school, or service setting.


  • To enhance skills and knowledge in setting up an intensive interaction programme in their current setting
  • To analyse the practice of others and provide support; and also to be able to self-evaluate one's skills and techniques in intensive interaction
  • To effectively manage record-keeping procedures and documentation and to use video to monitor learner progress and identify increases in communicative involvement
  • To recognise the features of intensive interaction and be able to use a range of strategies to respond to an individual's communicative attempts
  • To enhance understanding of parent-infant interaction and the evidence that supports the use of intensive interaction


None required. However, participants who apply for Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) to accrue 1 credit point towards a Masters of Education unit will need to:

  • satisfactorily complete assessments tasks after the course finishes (additional assessment task fee of $250);
  • have daily professional contact with learners with complex intellectual disabilities.

If you wish to register your interest in the course please -
Email: or
Phone: 03 5227 2197 with your contact and email details.

Course Dates - 2016


Dates: 8 days on campus

Phase 1: 3 days - 23, 24, 25 June, 2016

Phase 2: 2 days - 5, 6, August, 2016

Phase 3: 3 days - 15,16,17 September, 2016

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm


Contact Carmel Wilde on 03 5227 2197

Course fees

Course fees - $700
To register and pay, please click here

Refund and withdrawal
To be eligible for a full refund, application to withdraw from the course must be received at least (5) five working days prior to course commencement. Participants withdrawing after the course has commenced are obliged to pay a $100 administration fee.

Cancellation of courses

Deakin University maintains the right to cancel the course if minimum numbers are not obtained for the course, participants will be notified before class commencement and any payments made will be refunded in full.


On completion of this course, a Certificate of Education: Intensive Interaction will be awarded.

For further information

Contact: Carmel Wilde on 03 5227 2197

Information Sheet

International Intensive Interaction Australia Conference 2014

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