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ERIC Number: EJ835089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Intensive Interaction as a Novel Approach in Social Care: Care Staff's Views on the Practice Change Process
Firth, Graham; Elford, Helen; Leeming, Catherine; Crabbe, Marion
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v21 n1 p58-69 Jan 2008
Background: Intensive Interaction is an approach to developing the pre-verbal communication and sociability of people with severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities and autism. Previous research has indicated many potential benefits; however, the approach is not consistently used in social care. Aim: To report on the significant and influential issues for care staff when adopting Intensive Interaction as a novel approach in the social care setting for clients with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Materials and Methods: Twenty-nine care staff from four residential settings were trained and supported in the use of Intensive Interaction over a 6-month period. Interviews with staff members and researcher field-notes were analysed using a Grounded Theory methodology. Results and Conclusions: Increased and novel client responses were reported which were consistent with previous research. However, some practical and philosophical difficulties were highlighted by staff regarding their adoption of the approach. Consideration of care staff's experiences and perspective could enable future Intensive Interaction interventions to be more successfully planned and supported.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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