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Intensive Interaction – Phoebe Caldwell – Empowering Communication, Sensory Profiles & Diversity On The Autism Spectrum


Phoebe Caldwell Copyright P.Caldwell

Phoebe Caldwell Copyright P.Caldwell


I had the honor of seeing Phoebe Caldwell at two Autism Events and I was truly inspired and empowered by both of her speeches and the many years of wisdom and experience (over 35 years) with people on the Autism spectrum and people on the spectrum with Learning Disabilities.


She offers an holistic lateral way of approaching people on the autism spectrum by looking at their –

It is a really positive way of engaging and interaction on  a person-centred level.


By tapping into the way in which the person on the spectrum communicates, interacts and how they perceive sensory information  – then  their personhood will begin to blossom and show, their happiness will begin to shine something which is so important and meaningful to every person.

I feel that looking at the spectrum as a diverse mixture of different profiles is really positive and the importance of happiness is equally important also.

Thank You Phoebe for Empowering so many people on the spectrum. 🙂





Paul Isaacs 2014


Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” 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’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” 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 “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, 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 – 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’s 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

2 thoughts on “Intensive Interaction – Phoebe Caldwell – Empowering Communication, Sensory Profiles & Diversity On The Autism Spectrum

  1. Wonderful blog. I have use these intensive interaction before without even knowing the name and I had wonderful connections with people where others didn’t as they felt it was silly. I think it important. Paul I will put this on go for it website under news very soon. thanks for sharing.

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