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ERIC Number: EJ1294151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
A Qualitative Study of the Practice-Related Decision-Making of Intensive Interaction Practitioners
Firth, Graham; Glyde, Megan; Denby, Gemma
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v49 n2 p117-128 Jun 2021
Background: This study looked to investigate the sometimes conscious and sometimes intuitive decision-making processes of Intensive Interaction practitioners. More specifically, this study set out to develop a rich description of how practitioners make judgements when developing a dynamic repertoire of Intensive Interaction strategies with people with severe or profound learning difficulties and/or autism, how this decision-making process is enacted in practice and what issues inform such decisions. Materials and Methods: This research followed a "Template Analysis" qualitative methodology, informed by semi-structured interviews with 13 experienced Intensive Interaction Practitioners (who had completed the Intensive Interaction Coordinators course as administered by the Intensive Interaction Institute). The participants included the following: speech and language therapists, parents, teachers, residential care staff and managers, and a clinical psychologist. Results: The findings of this study indicate why and how certain decisions are made by experienced practitioners before, during and after engagement in Intensive Interaction. Such decision-making is indicated as sometimes being intuitive in nature, sometimes more conscious, sometimes moving between the two cognitive states as differing issues arise. Practitioner decision-making was focused on a number of issues, including specific learning or care "agendas"; practitioner confidence and knowledge; environmental considerations; individual learner characteristics and behaviour; learner attention, "attunement" and arousal levels; building a shared "repertoire"; and issues of available time. Conclusions: The issue of how novice Intensive Interaction practitioners may best be supported to more quickly and confidently develop improved Intensive Interaction practices is discussed, proposing the development of a cyclical process of experiential learning and supported reflection.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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