As a person on the spectrum I am a firm believer that whenever you are on the the spectrum you are on the spectrum you have a right to have a meaningful and productive life.
Tapping into the communication profile of the person is key and she looks at all aspects of the profile
- Sensory Integration Disorder
- Receptive and Expressive Language (Aphasia)
- Telegraphic Speech
- Gestural Language
- Rhythm, Pitch and Voice Modulation
- Touch (if a preference)
- Exposure Anxiety & Emotional Regulation
- Neurological Pain
- Body Agnosias
- Person’s Environment
Communication – Thinking Of The Person’s Sensory Perceptions
Phoebe looks into the diversity of these communication issues from person to person as the brain’s of these person’s has different things going on, making connections in ways of relevance to that person, ways of meaning to that person it brings results of happiness, lowering anxiety and integration which is both positive and hopeful. I believe that rigid “models of communication” that sold as the way of communicating with a person with autism are wrong because it’s all down to the uniqueness of the person’s profile in other words there is no one way.
Pattern, Theme & Feel – Donna Williams
A world before typical interpretive language could mean that person has created their own language to try and integrate with the world around them, I know my early years I did and it was seen as “gibberish”, “mutterings” but I was trying in a world of visual and auditory distortion to reach out.
- “Eeeeee!!!” is “happy” which includes clapping and jumping
Low sounds “ugggg!!!” – Is Unhappy
- And/or “clicking” sounds with my tongue – Represents Anxiety
Head hitting – Processing problems
- Chest thumping – I would like come back to this world please
Head banging – I can’t cope I need some help
- Sniffing, Licking, Tapping, Mouthing, Rubbing Surroundings – What are you?
- Sculpting Faces – Who are you?
- Tilting Head – I Remember You! And I like your company
I still find language difficult but I try my best – a lot what Phoebe does in terms of gestural language and telegraphic speech are from a personal perspective with beneficial for me to get meaning.
Phoebe has an excellent presentation style and projects with passion her over 40 years experience with working with adults on the autism spectrum, she sees the people she works with as people and person’s first which is refreshing to hear and it shows in her work and the people she has helped of the many years.
Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014