Communication: Intensive Interaction is child led. The child learns how to express themselves in their own personal styles, and by observing and joining in, we learn too.

Self-esteem: Intensive Interaction allows the child to be seen, heard and feel valued for who they are. Allowing the child to take the lead, and for us to follow and value their actions, is essential for emotional well-being.

Building relationships: Intensive Interaction builds trust between children and adults, promoting positive behaviour. The child learns how to interact and relate, eventually leading on to learning turn-taking and social skills.

Having fun: We find out how to motivate and engage children through activities and play that they enjoy. We provide a safe learning space to try out old and new explorations, and find behaviours that give positive feedback.

Learning to use positive touch: This is vital for some students to know how to feel safe and develop self-awareness. Intensive Interaction respects personal space but allows for close personal contact if this is needed by the child.

Suitable for all ages: Intensive Interaction begins at birth. At Castle Hill, school begins in nursery, and for some students it  is a life skill that extends into the Sixth Form and beyond. An interesting development that occurred is children spontaneously engaging in Intensive Interaction with other students.