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How Donna Williams’ Fruit Salad Analogy Has Helped Me – And It Can Help You To

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It is not very often that somebody comes along and gives you the tools of understanding the whats? and the why? But I can honestly say that Donna Williams has done that for me and so many others on the Autistic spectrum over many years, empowerment is to give someone the confidence and ability to take hold of their life, understand their abilities and disabilities. I first saw Donna in 2008 at a conference in Oxford and we have been friends on Facebook and she has on a personal level helped me understand the “mechanics” of my Autism which I shall be forever grateful for her help, kindness and assistance. She has taught me a lot of things about keeping it real and not forgetting that Autism is APART of you and not the WHOLE of you. ūüôā Thanks Donna.

This model is lateral and takes a holistic open-minded approach to autism what is, this model is person centred and is for empowerment and positivity. ūüôā


Fruit Salad Analogy Copyright D.Wiliams

Fruit Salad Analogy Copyright D.Williams

The Fruit Salad takes in all aspects of the person’s profile this includes

  • Information Processing
  • Identity and Personality
  • Co-Morbids
  • Environment
  • Learning and Communication Profiles




Paul’s Autism Fruit Salad (Updated 2014)

 Expressive Agnosias

Receptive/Expressive Language & Movement Issues (Speech & Communication)


Visual Agnosias

Auditory Agnosias/Aphasia

Body Disconnection

Dissociative Disorders РRecognised  in 2012/Revised 2014

Mental Health

Learning Difficulties



  • Bruxism¬†– Teeth Gnashing
  • Genetics – Developmental Agnosias

Syndromes – Which make up a large part of my “Fruit Salad”

Paul Isaacs 2014


Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a ‚Äúnaughty & difficult child‚ÄĚ at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children‚Äôs mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as ‚Äúdevelopmentally underage‚ÄĚ and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with ‚ÄúAsperger traits with a complex personality‚ÄĚ, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness ‚Äď conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul‚Äôs message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at

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