• The person’s need for control may be rooted in an attempt to keep track of what is happening around them when the sensory input they are receiving is scrambled.
  • It is important to address sensory difficulties, and this will often require you to be prepared to negotiate.
  • Time: the person may understand the sequence of events or activities but not the interval between them.
  • When engaging with someone whose behaviour puts you at risk, stand outside the room they are in and try to engage through their language (Intensive Interaction) before entering their personal space.


This series of short films shows an extended conversation  between Phoebe Caldwell (DSc, Expert Responsive Communication Practitioner who has worked with autistic people for 45 years) and Janet Gurney (BA, PGCT, Director of Training for Us in a Bus, a service based in Surrey that supports adults and children with profound and multiple learning difficulties and autism).