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Using Intensive Interaction and Sensory Integration
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People with severe autism experience the sensory information they receive from the world completely differently to those not on the spectrum. They feel cut off and overwhelmed, and their behaviour can become very distressed. This handbook shows how we can engage with people who are non-verbal or semi-verbal and sometimes even those who have speech but lose the power to process it when they are in crisis. We can help them to make sense of the world. Intensive Interaction uses a person's own body language to make contact with them and Sensory Integration develops the capacity of an individual to receive, process and apply meaning to information provided by the senses through targeted physical activities. These techniques can be used to develop an environment tailored to the particular sensory needs of the person with severe autism, reducing factors that cause distress.With illustrations, case examples and a wide range of tried-and-tested techniques, this practical guide provides indispensable tools for parents, carers and other professionals supporting people with severe autism and other learning disabilities.
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Table of Contents

About the Authors. 1. Introduction. 2. A Different Sensory Experience 3. Alternative Viewpoints. 4. Sensory Distress and its Causes. 5. Sensory Distortions - Hypersensitivities. 6. Emotional Overload Embarrassment. 7. Confusing Messages 8. Case Study: A Day in the Life of Mike. 9. Intensive Interaction. 10. So what about Distressed Behaviour? Conclusion. Bibliography and Useful Resources. Index.

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Helping the non-verbal and semi-verbal make sense of the world and feel safe

About the Author

Phoebe Caldwell has worked for over 30 years as a practitioner with people whose severe learning disabilities are linked with behavioural distress. She was a Rowntree Research Fellow for four years, trains practitioners, parents and carers in her successful approach to Intensive Interaction and is employed by the NHS Social Services and Community and Education Services to work with difficult-to-provide-for individuals. She is the author of six books, including Finding You Finding Me and From Isolation to Intimacy, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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The years of experience in sharing the world with people with autism that are communicated throughout this handbook are what make it powerful - this is a genuine sharing of insights and expertise... Moreover, this handbook is incredible empathetic. We are given real insights into what sensory overload and distortion feel like alongside more information about the senses than practitioners and carers usually have access to... It is a quick and easy read, but one that has impact. -- British Journal of Learning Disabilities This handbook shows how we can engage with people who are non-verbal or semi-verbal and sometimes even those who have speech but lose the power to process it when they are in crisis. -- BILD Information Service I would recommend it to any parent.carer or professional seeking to develop meaningful relationships with individuals who are hard to reach and an environment that supports the sensory needs of the individual with ASD. -- Autism West Midlands

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