Intensive interaction is used in Orchard to support children who are still within the early stages of cognitive and communication development. It aims to develop children’s understanding of basic communication and build upon this to support their use of facial expressions, communication skills, turn taking and vocalisations.
These sessions are held on a 1:1 basis and are led by the child’s actions and vocalisations. The aim of the adult is to go into the child’s world by copying their vocalisations and movement, allowing the children to feel safe and encourage them to build relationships. As a result, the children begin to engage and trust the adult, thus allowing the adult to develop basic but vital social skills.