Exit strategies

  • The person seeks to separate themselves from the perceived source of sensory overload by avoidance, shut-down, or aggression directed at self or others (the fight, flight or freeze response).
  • We need to look for and reduce the triggers to distressed behaviour.
  • Time lag – anticipating the sequence of behaviour.


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).