My names is Paul Isaacs and firstly welcome to my blog page and I hope you have found it of interest. I am a seasoned public speaker, trainer and consultant on the autism spectrum and have presented at national events and autism placements such as.
Over the past five years through the wonderful help of Donna Williams I have set out to discover my autism “fruit salad” through her sage wisdom, kindness and energy she has not only empowered me as professional but as a person also and I will be forever grateful for the kindness shown. I am eager to empower and share her model of autism to others.
I mould my speeches and presentations to what the person, organisations, placement and/or charity want/s and go from there here is an example of the topics discussed. I draw upon knowledge of my own developmental trajectory I have gathered and previous placements of have attended, the people and professionals I have met along the way.
- Sensory Perceptual Disorders
- Language Processing Disorders
- Sensory Agnosias
- Anxiety Disorders
- Mental Health Conditions
- Personality Types
- Learning Styles
- Environmental Issues
Places I have Spoken For
- Specialist Autism Schools
- Specialist Autism Residential Placements
- Mainstream Schools & Education
- Employment Services
- Mental Health Placements
- Learning Disability Nurses
- Autism Charities and Organisations
- Police and PCSO
- Social Workers
- Mental Health Professionals
- Speech & Language Therapists
- Learning Disability Nurses
- Mainstream Teachers
- Specialist Education Teachers
- Learning Support Assistants
Other People Attended
- Family Members
- People on the autism spectrum
- For people on the autism spectrum
What People Have Said
I attended Paul’s talk at the “Autism and Participation” conference. Paul’s talk explained, in an entertaining and powerful way, his extraordinary journey, from someone diagnosed as both deaf and blind (neither of which is true), to eventually getting a diagnosis of autism aged 24.
I found Paul’s explanation of his sensory needs and differences absolutely fascinating, and was particularly interested n the intensely personalised strategies Paul has developed over the years to help him to manage environments and situations which are challenging. These include wearing wristbands to help him understand where his arms end, sensory equipment to prepare for meetings, as well as more traditional tools such as irlen lenses. For me this exemplified how creative and individual the solutions to particular difficulties are likely to be. This is a skill we need to develop in staff supporting those people on the spectrum who aren’t able to express their needs in the way Paul can.
Paul’s ability to continue his presentation over the noise of an old, whirring projector was admirable, but eventually the challenge became too much, and some brave soul had to stand on a chair to switch it off. This meant that though the noise had abated, Paul had to continue without his PowerPoint slides, which Paul managed admirably!
Overall, I found Paul an engaging speaker who was able to adapt his presentation to the needs of the audience, and not only deliver a fascinating talk, but also really engage with the audience through his question and answer session. – Carol Povey – NAS Director of the Centre for Autism, NAS Autism & Participation Event 2014
“I have had the pleasure of seeing Paul Isaacs speak on two occasions, and as a Clinical Psychologist who has specialised in autism for the past 20 odd years, I can say that I have learned an enormous amount from him each time. Paul gives a unique perspective on autism, as a person with classic autism who has moved from being nonverbal to being extremely eloquent, Paul astonishes with his ability to succinctly describe both the joys and the trials of having autism. He is also “laugh out loud” funny! Health and educational professionals, parents and family members as well as people on the autism spectrum will benefit from hearing him speak. I can highly recommend Paul to you. – Dr Michelle Garnett – Hearts & Minds – Asperger’s & Autism – 2 Day Conference 2014
Paul Isaacs 2017