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Interview with Phoebe Caldwell

Phoebe Caldwell is an expert practitioner in Intensive Interaction and works mainly with children and adults with autism. Phoebe has over 40 years’ experience of working with people with severe learning difficulties linked with behavioural distress.

Phoebe kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when she attended the NAS Behaviour Conference in Birmingham. You can view the full interview or clips of the individual questions below:

Full interview:

Individual question clips:

1. What are your views on the term "challenging behaviour"?

2.  Can you tell us about your work and interest in autism?

3.  Can you explain what Intensive Interaction is and how can it help with challenging behaviour?

4.  What advice would you give to professionals when working with children on the autism spectrum who may display challenging behaviour? 

Question from a Network Autism member:

1. Is it valid to use a strategy to positively improve behaviour of a student knowing that, in the process of attaining the goal set, staff are likely to encounter, initially, more challenging behaviour?

Author: Phoebe Caldwell

Date added: 31 March 2015