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Autism Should Not Have A Fashionable “Look”

Me ToddlerEven in the “Autism World” there are (even if there shouldn’t be) fashions in morality, fashions in what Autism “should” look like and what it “shouldn’t” look like and if you are out and don’t fit in you’re directly or indirectly cast aside.

People with Autism and a Learning Disability suffer from this the most because the judgement of their “intelligence” is already put against them – yet they ARE intelligent because they go through specific educational and residential systems, they are in those situations and people could if they wanted to listen to them and their parents.

Paul Isaacs  2014


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Dr Michelle Garnett – Speech Review Tony Attwood Autism & Asperger’s Conference 2014

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Dr Michelle Garnett

Special Thanks To Prof. Tony Attwood & Dr. Michelle Garnett

DR. GARNETT’S REVIEW OF SPEECH

“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.”

 

Thank You For Your Work & Review 🙂

 

Dr Michelle Garnett ‘The Affection Project’ at Mind & Its Potential 2012

MINDS & HEARTS CLINIC

 

Paul Isaacs 2014

 


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James Billett – Visual Stress Consultant – Helping Others Perceive The World

ABOUT JAMES BILLETT

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James Billett 

James was a Special Needs Co-ordinator in a  secondary school for more than 20 years.

James first trained with the Irlen Institute in 1990.

“When I made a career move from teaching A-level sociology to being responsible for special needs provision, which included what was then known as the remedial department, it became obvious that many children were confined to lower sets or failing to reach their potential through reading skill deficiencies.  Using multi-sensory reading schemes we found coloured overlays had  an immediate and  positive effect. Once the symptoms of Irlen Syndrome were eliminated students  were able to learn to read using the phonics method.”

James became an visual stress diagnostician in 1995. James left teaching to work privately in 2002.

Irlen Central England works with families, colleges, universities and government agencies across Britain and Europe. James travels extensively across Europe working with clients on the autistic spectrum.

In his spare time James enjoys spending time with his family and  grandchildren. He is a keen gardener and plays the piano.

BA (Hons) (University of Leicester)

BA (Hons) Cert Ed. (University of Birmingham)

Diploma in the Psychology and Education of Children with Special Needs (University of London)

James also holds an advanced qualification from the Irlen Institute for working within the autistic spectrum.

OVERVIEW

James Billett I first met in the summer of 2012 for an appointment to fit my tinted lenses to help me with learning difficulties and sensory perceptual disorders  that I have within my Autism “Fruit Salad”.

What I like about James is that he is very person centred and takes into account these important aspects

  • Communication Profile
  • Sensory Profile
  • Sensory Difficulties/Learning Difficulties
  • Information Processing

I feel this opens the doors for integration, empowerment and trust within the appointment and also honesty and connectivity to explore your issues and what best works for you. I believe that James has a lot to give through this very positive ethos.

Life Through A Kaleidoscope

Life Through A Kaleidoscope

LIFE THROUGH A KALEIDOSCOPE  JAMES BILLETT – CO-AUTHOR

James is also the co-author of Life Through A Kaleidoscope his knowledge, ethos, humanity, calmness and empowerment bring a critical bonding and the “glue” between personal and professional points of view within the book, I could not of written this book without his knowledge this book is also inspired by the works of Donna Williams who has written extensively about Autism and sensory perceptual disorders.

CONCLUSION

James has brought light into the lives of people who were deemed not worthy (me included) of integration within the world of education, work and the community by building bridges of understanding this will help others understand others and so forth

Thanks James for what you do and the positivity you bring. 🙂

Paul Isaacs  2014


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Colour Coding for Learners with Autism By Adele Devine

Copyright Adele Devine

Copyright Adele Devine

OVERVIEW

I had the honor of looking through and endorsing this book, what I like about this book is that it has helped me understand what life can be like for visual learners on the Autism Spectrum (I learn through movement and don’t have a visual memory), this book it clearly laid out with hints, tips, productive strategies, informative quote and writings from people on the spectrum.

Adele clearly has a passion for helping visual thinkers/processors on the Autism spectrum. 🙂

Highly recommended. 🙂

COLOUR CODING FOR LEARNERS WITH AUTISM

Paul Isaacs 2014


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Autism, Dissociation, Exposure Anxiety & Understanding Criticism

Paul Long Crendon1OVERVIEW

This is from my Personal Perspective of Autism, Dissociation &  Exposure Anxiety 

AUTISM AND PROCESSING 

During my younger years I was in mainstream education despite having obvious early signs of Autism speech  and language delay. receptive and expressive language processing  issues my Autism wasn’t recognised until adulthood.

PRIMARY SCHOOL AND EMOTIONAL TRIGGERS

During my Primary School years after I gained functional speech between the ages 7/8 years old so this was between 1993 and 1994 (I had the expressive language of a 3 year old and poor receptive language) I was subjected to heavy bouts of criticism and bullying – I now understand that was done in a unprofessional and unproductive manner the headteacher at school had one to one meetings with me during this time (with no mentor or advocate) telling me all my faults, mishaps, wrong behaviours and problems with me.

DISSOCIATION, EXPOSURE ANXIETY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL 

For me this was too much exposure of self (something Donna Williams talks about Exposure Anxiety) I had a lack of awareness of “self” and “other” so I dissociated creating a “persona” to deal and cope with the barrage of information this “persona” would deal with this conflict because “I” couldn’t. This went on up until the last year of school different teachers comment either to me or to my parents about my “odd” behaviour.

When I was referred to child and adolescent  mental health services (CAMHS)  in 1996 during my last year of school I was suffering from a “nervous throat” and childhood depression in the meetings I was to explain about why a particular teacher was bullying me this caused me to created another “persona” to deal with situation the exposure of self and the the information processing was too much however I tried my best to give her the information.

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND SEXUAL ABUSE AT SECONDARY SCHOOL 

Until very recently I have to process and come to terms with PTSD with regards to an incident that happened at secondary school which resulted in sexual abuse through flashbacks and intrusive nightmares  (this is all I can disclose because of personal reasons), I have know doubt this has subconsciously had an affect on my self-worth, identity but I have come through this rather well and will continue to not be seen as an “object” or “thing”.

CRITICISM – IT IS NEEDED

Now we come full circle I know that my negative exposure to extreme criticism during my educational years has had an affect on what I subconsciously associate with what criticism is

In my head I like and want to be challenged criticised as it is needed for all human beings it is about

  • Give and take
  • Other peoples views (not just you own)
  • Validity for all
  • Equality for all
  • Fairness for all

DISSOCIATION & NEGATIVE ASSOCIATION 

However “my body, face and mouth” don’t seem to connect with my “head” and I dissociate quickly with the “persona ” that created over ten years ago to deal with the perceived attack (PTSD). My Mum says my face changes so do my eyes. This doesn’t however mean I’m not challenged this would be a great problem the reality of this is needed for all people really.

HOW I COPE WITH THIS

Firstly recognising where it comes from and for me personally and staying true what is my “head”  is saying I like and want to be challenged criticised as it is needed for all human beings it is about give and take, other people’s views (not just you own), validity, equality and fairness and in turn dealing with therapy on how to cope with dissociation and what my body is doing and feeling like my consciousness is taking step backwards. By understanding this I can move and take a step forwards in a positive and productive manner. 🙂

AUTISM & DISSOCIATION PAGE

DONNA WILLIAMS’ DISSOCIATION PAGE

AUTISM & DISSOCIATION BLOG 

PTSD

THOUSAND YARD STARE

 

Everybody voice deserves to heard 🙂 Everybody deserves to challenged  in a productive manner too. 🙂 

 

Paul Isaacs  2014

 

 

 


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Autism & Mythbusting – Challenging the Stereotypes  

OVERVIEW

So the post below about why I have Autism and a Learning Disability – What is that all about?  Mythbusting, demystifying and unrevealing the tired old stereotypes that still persist in the Autism world, were negative sometimes even militant memes exist and the “one voice for all” is hailed as king, no one can speak for everyone that is impossible but we can all help each other

DIVERSITY WITHIN THE SPECTRUM – INCLUSION FOR ALL

The spectrum is so vast you have people who speak with their mouth and do or don’t have a Learning Disability you have people who speak and communicate in other ways that do or do not have Learning Disability. 

POSITIVE VOICES ON THE SPECTRUM

I thank people like

Donna Williams

Donna Williams Copyright D.Williams and C. Samuel

Donna Williams Copyright D.Williams and C. Samuel

 

DONNA WILLIAMS’ WEBSITE

DONNA WILLIAMS’ BLOG

DONNA’S BOOKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Edmond

Copyright Sydney & Lisa Edmond

Sydney Edmond Copyright Sydney & Lisa Edmond

 

SYDNEY EDMOND’S WEBSITE

SYDNEY EDMOND’S BOOK

SYDNEY & LISA EDMOND VIDEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jennifer O’Toole

Jennifer O'Toole Copyright Asperkids

Jennifer O’Toole Copyright Asperkids

 

ASPERKIDS WEBSITE

JENNIFER’S BOOKS

ASPERKIDS’S BLOG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rudy Simone

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 RUDY SIMONE’S WEBSITE

RUDY’S BOOKS

RUDY’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL

 

 

 

 

 

 Carly Fleischmann

Carly

Carly Fleischmann Copyright Carly & Arthur Fleischmann

 

CARLY FLEISCHMANN’S  WEBSITE

CARLY FLEISCHMANN’S  BOOK

CARLY’S VOICE TWITTER

 

 

 

 

Peyton Goddard 

Peyton Goddard

Peyton Goddard Copyright Peyton & Dianne Goddard

PEYTON GODDARD’S WEBSITE 

PEYTON GODDARD’S BOOK

PEYTON GODDARD’S BLOG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMPOWERMENT

They all have very empowering messages for people with Autism and balance this out with seeing themselves as people with personalities and valued personhoods that they want to seen for but also want others to understand the diversity of Autism and it’s profiles – giving this back in balance is so needed – I am a person with Autism is far more liberating than saying Autistic Person. 

 

Paul Isaacs  2014 


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Chloe Rothschild – Speaker, Advocate, Blogger & Advocate On The Autism Spectrum

ChloeOVERVIEW

Chloe Rothschild is a talented your lady on the Autism spectrum she has been apart of webinars, blogs, interviews and more to advocate for people on the Autism Spectrum – She is the leader of the AGI (Autism Global Initiative) and ARI (Autism Research Institute). She also speakers at training groups and conferences as well as contributing to a an Autism blog and also she has her own blog where she covers and wide range of interesting subjects.

Well done Chloe for your work 🙂

CHLOE’S BLOG 

CHLOE’S FACEBOOK PAGE

SPECIAL-ISM

Paul Isaacs 2014