Intensive Interaction course at Deakin Uni

Cross posting for Mark

Dear colleague, the accredited Masters Level Unit of Study: Intensive Interaction: Theory to Practice is available again in 2013, at Deakin University Burwood Campus

Intensive Interaction is an approach to supporting the communication of learners with complex intellectual disabilities and often severe communication impairments which originated in UK and has been gaining increasing interest in Australia since its introduction in 2003.

The approach is recognised an evidence based practice by APS
Deakin University, Burwood Campus.
Participants complete the required readings prepared for this unit. Tutorial support is provided by email.
The unit follows 3 phases of on-campus days at Burwood Site, through the trimester with face-to-face teaching by the unit lecturer
·      Phase 1…..3 consecutive days in January
·      Phase 2……a weekend in March
·      Phase 3…..3 days in April
NB To gain accreditation for learning, participants should attend all 8 days and complete 1x 3000 word assignment and 1x 3000 word reflective diary.

WHEN : Begins January 2013
WHO : anyone who works with people with complex or profound intellectual disabilities

Contact Anne Savige Manager of Educational Projects 3 924 46384

NB More detail is available in the attachment

Mark Barber PhD
Intensive Interation Coordinator
Bayside SDS
Genoa Street
Vic 3189

Intensive Interaction ‘DownUnder’ 2

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Intensive Interaction ‘DownUnder’ 2
Friday 4 & Saturday 5 March 2011
Adelaide, South Australia

Our first conference in Brisbane 2008 heard presentations about a broad range of practice and celebrated the many interesting journeys which had led to excellent beginnings and practices in schools and other settings.
However all practitioners know that following the initial surge of response and interactive exploration that is associated with their learners’ early encounters with Intensive Interaction, at some time reaches a plateau. The plateau often begins to open up as the learner begins to explore the familiar structure of established interactions. A similar plateau occurs in the practitioners’ certainty about the direction they are travelling and their own confidence While we are sure many delegates will still be interested to hear accounts of how your interactive seeds have sprouted and your cultures are growing, the theme for the conference in 2011
Australasian Conference on Intensive Interaction in Adelaide is “Exploring the Plateau”
We welcome your contributions about the interactive paths your learners have explored and how you have accompanied them the measures you have taken to embed Intensive Interaction into the ethos of your workplace the good practices and organisational structures you have identified as the most useful to give you the freedom to practice Intensive Interaction in your context. We welcome submissions and contributions from special educators, therapists, administrators, carers
and parents using the approach with learners who experience profound intellectual and multiple disabilities, or those learners whose severe-profound intellectual disabilities are augmented by autistic spectrum disorders.
Building on the momentum that is accumulating in Australia and New Zealand, our conference will again present a forum to reflect on and refine the uses of evidence based practice in a variety of settings, including schools, home and workplaces and provide an opportunity to develop the professional networks which are emerging across the region.
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Intensive Interaction in Australia

Just realised I hadn’t said much about Intensive Interaction in Australia. Mark Barber is doing an amazing job spearheading the development of it in schools in Australia. He and Karryn Bowen has released a new DVD illustrating the technique and some of the use in schools. Give Mark a buzz if you want to find out more about the regular training that he offers. This is a technique with accumulating evidence for how it helps children and adults with PIMD develop fundamental communication skills.