Phoebe Caldwell

Learning the Language


Building relationships with people with severe learning disability, autistic spectrum disorder and other challenging behaviour (DVD)

This Phoebe Caldwell DVD demonstrates techniques for carers to build relationships with people with severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.



Building on Phoebe Caldwell’s previous bestselling books, Learning the Language is a DVD resource which demonstrates the techniques carers can use to build positive relationships with people with severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. Phoebe uses a combined approach of using a person’s own ‘language’ to communicate with them (Intensive Interaction) while also trying to reduce the stress they experience by an exploration of their sensory reality and hyper-sensitivities.

This exciting DVD shows Phoebe establishing contact for the first time with a man with severe autistic spectrum disorder; support workers demonstrating how they put the techniques into action in their daily routines; how new ways of communicating can make a difference to the lives of all concerned.

The guidance notes provide an overview of autistic spectrum disorder and Intensive Interaction.

Professionals within the social care sector are required to undertake Continuous Professional Development (CPD) by the General Social Care Council (GSCC). Those who use this resource will be able to gain CPD points.


This resource is aimed at direct care staff, nurses, psychologists and others involved in the lives of people with learning disabilities.


ISBN: 9781841962214
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd
Publication: 07 March 2007


Phoebe Caldwell is an Intensive Interaction practitioner working mainly with children and adults on the autistic spectrum, many of whom have behavioural distress. Phoebe’s methods combine using a person’s body language to communicate, with paying attention to those aspects of an individual’s environment that are triggering sensory distress.

For four years Phoebe was a Rowntree Research Fellow looking at best practice. She teaches management, therapists, parents, teachers, advocates and carers, nationally and internationally. She is also employed by NHS, social services and community and education services to work with individuals they are finding it difficult to provide a service for.

She has published seven books and four training films and a number of academic papers. In 2010, she was awarded the Times/Sternberg Active Life Award for work on autism and contribution to the community, and in July 2011 Bristol University awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Science for communication with people with autism.


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