How to record Intensive Interaction

This week I looked at the statistics for my blog and noticed that the intensive interaction recording sheet post was the most popular.  I have therefore decided to post the full system for recording that we are now using at Woolley Wood.  This system was approved by the OFSTED inspector during the recent inspection in March 2015 and is being used in every classroom.
My requirements for an intensive interaction recording system are as follows:

  • Simple and easy to understand and explain to others
  • Straightforward to use in the classroom
  • Accurate

After a few unsuccessful attempts I developed the current system which is based on the engagement profile work of Graham Firth and Mark Barber.  This system involves seven levels of engagement and is a useful tool to assess a learner’s communication ability.
Over the next few weeks I will post the forms that I have designed for taking a baseline, recording sessions and charting progress against the baseline.  For the system to be accurate it is important that all the staff share the same understanding of what the seven levels mean.  This is the purpose of my 6 week course – to familiarise the staff with the engagement profile and the recording system and then mentor the staff in it’s practical use in the classroom.
The first PDF that I include with this post introduces the seven levels.  On my course staff have the opportunity to watch videos and explore the levels together in order to reach a shared understanding and the attached sheet is the first sheet they receive on the course.
The small text by each level is taken from Graham Firth’s and Mark Barbers original document.  The large italic questions is my way of simplifying the assessment.  I’ve found that it takes time for trainees to understand what each level means so I designed these as a kind of flow chart to help trainees find the correct level.  This might require more explanation too but you can give it a go.  First watch a video of an intensive interaction and then ask each question in turn starting at (ENCOUNTER).  When there is no longer ‘more than that’ you have reached the communication level of the learner.
Without the course or similar opportunity for staff to get together and work out what the levels mean there may be issues with accuracy and I’m very interested to know how clear this is to you.  Please use the comments section to ask questions and I will endeavour to answer them.
My aim over the next few weeks is to post the baseline form, sessions record form and progress chart along with instructions and (perhaps) even a video explaining how to use them.
Let me know if its all useful :0)
Engagement Profile Explanation
Next time: How to take a Baseline
Graham Firth and Mark Barber’s original document can be found here

One Reply to “How to record Intensive Interaction”

  1. Hi,
    I really like this explanation and the profile that you have made. Would you have any objection if I added notes to it and published it on our website, just to make is more unstable for families? I think it give a positive message that although some think our children cannot communicate, in fact they are probably communicating more than we think. A friend in cyberspace said last week “we have to learn their language” and that is so true.

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