The staff team at Sennen Lodge was already using Intensive Interaction to some extent, so providing additional training reinforced that what they were doing was indeed correct and could be further developed.
Intensive Interaction has been a positive experience for all the residents at the home, but it has been particularly successful for one person. He is a very complex young man who suffers from anxiety, and when he is anxious, he will start to bite his right index finger. Due to this, the finger has become very swollen and red.
During one of these incidents, daycare organiser Alex James offered the resident an alternative object and showed him how he could use this instead of his finger, employing the principles of Intensive Interaction. This worked very well and the resident started to bite this object rather than his finger.
Although he will still bite his finger, he now actively seeks out this new object to use instead. This is a huge improvement, and shows how important Intensive Interaction has and continues to be for him.
Since introducing Intensive Interaction within the home, we have found that the residents have become a lot more sociable and will seek out staff to interact with a lot more than they did before.