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Autism As A Describer Not a Definer – Combating “Label Lust” and “Overidentification”

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I have been an autism and advocate for over seven years I have seen many autism “fruit salads” in my time some people with auto-immune problems, other with complex mental health issues, others who see their autism as a curse, others who see their autism as special and unique, others who identify as their whole being as “autistic” others who don’t. I have seen militancy and anger towards people who go against old rhetoric who propose realism as opposed to glamorisation, people should allowed to give their own perspective from different angles, perspectives and offering multiple realities. 

Differing Profiles

With all the the “pieces” I describe in my training sessions and/or presentations are “describing” words the reality for that person will differ from “piece to piece” however that “piece” will have its own name and describing it allows the people understand a fragment of it albeit from a personal and/or observational perspective. Its hard to get the balance right but it is worth it.

Definition vs Describing vs Identification 

It isn’t defining people by the labels offered which is from an educational, resource perspective and even a self-reflective perspective. It is offering a window of what could be going on. I am not the speaker for all (never have been) but I put the questions out there.

 

Human Beings First

If we (as human beings) all defined ourselves by a set of labels it would be rather reductive and in reality a real shame. At the end of my sessions I offer a reality that despite the differing levels of “pieces” and/or disability  they are not defined by  their condition, they are human beings first like everyone else.

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Paul Isaacs – Public Speaker, Trainer & Consultant On The Autism Spectrum Booking 2017

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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.

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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 

Professionals Trained 

  • Police and PCSO 
  • Social Workers
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Speech & Language Therapists
  • Learning Disability Nurses
  • Mainstream Teachers
  • Specialist Education Teachers
  • Learning Support Assistants  

Other People Attended 

  • Parents
  • Family Members
  • People on the autism spectrum 

Consultancy

  • For people on the autism spectrum
  • Parents  

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 

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Bucks Autism Conference Video 2015

Note – These are from personal and obervational perspectives

Sensory Issues in the context of Autism Bucks Autism Conference

This video is about covers these topics

 

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Paul Isaacs – Local Autism Speaking, Training & Consultancy (Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire)

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As of August this year (2015) I am doing local work around my the counties of Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire – in  the roles of autism speeches, training and/or consultancy. I have currently worked in the field of autism for over five years and have written five books on the subject or autism and contributed to various other books and articles too.

Personal Website 

Audience Feedback 

If you live and/or are an organisation, charity, mainstream educational base or school, mental health service, autism based educational schools or any service  within in these counties and are interested in have me speak, train and/or consult please contact me via the information below.

CONTACT DETAILS

staypuft12@yahoo.co.uk 

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