Dave Hewett was deputy and then head teacher of Harperbury Hospital School Hertfordshire 1981-90. At Harperbury School throughout the nineteen-eighties, he, Melanie Nind and colleagues carried out development work and then PhD research on Intensive Interaction. With Melanie Nind, he has published three books and numerous articles on the approach.
Since 1991 he has been working as a freelance consultant to all services in the field of learning disability, giving training and working with teams ‘hands-on’. This work has been throughout the UK and now increasingly, in other countries. The main focus has always been on disseminating Intensive Interaction, though he also specialises in challenging behaviour issues.
Intensive Interaction is now a widely used approach to teaching communication all over the British Isles and Dave is a Director of the Intensive Interaction Institute. His work on Intensive Interaction now takes him to many countries around the world. Dave continues to publish widely on Intensive Interaction and on challenging behaviour (see below).
- Nind, M. & Hewett, D. 1994, Access to Communication: Developing the basics of communication with people with severe learning difficulties through Intensive Interaction. London: David Fulton.
- Hewett, D. & Nind, M. 1998, Interaction in Action: Reflections on the Use of Intensive Interaction. London: David Fulton.
- Hewett, D. (ed) 1999, Challenging Behaviour Principles and Practices London: David Fulton.
- Nind, M. & Hewett, D. 2001, A Practical Guide to Intensive Interaction Plymouth: British Institute of Learning Disabilities.
- Nind, M. & Hewett, D. 2005 (2nd edition), Access to Communication: Developing the basics of communication with people with severe learning difficulties through Intensive Interaction. London: David Fulton.