From Isolation to Intimacy: Making Friends without Words

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Mar 15, 2007 - Education - 192 pages
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If you have no language, how can you make yourself understood, let alone make friends? Phoebe Caldwell has worked for many years with people with severe intellectual disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorder who are non-verbal, and whose inability to communicate has led to unhappy and often violent behaviour. In this new book she explores the nature of close relationships, and shows how these are based not so much on words as on the ability to listen, pay attention, and respond in terms that are familiar to the other person. This is the key to Intensive Interaction, which she shows is a straightforward and uncomplicated way, through attending to body language and other non-verbal means of communication, of establishing contact and building a relationship with people who are non-verbal, even those in a state of considerable distress. This simple method is accessible to anyone who lives or works with such people, and is shown to transform lives and to introduce a sense of fun, of participation and of intimacy, as trust and familiarity are established.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Part One Learning the Skills of Interaction
13
1 First Encounters
15
2 Attention
32
3 Stress
45
4 Body Language
53
5 What Are We Trying to Do?
86
6 Theory of Mind
95
9 Cerebral Palsy
127
10 Does Age Matter?
131
11 Changing Rooms
139
12 Lost Voices Learned Language
144
13 Rub It Better
160
14 What Next?
171
REFERENCES
179
SUBJECT INDEX
183

7 How Well Does Using a Persons Body Language Work?
105
Part 2 Meeting People
113
8 Three Children on the Autistic Spectrum
115
AUTHOR INDEX
188
Back cover
190
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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 five books, including Finding You Finding Me, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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