The Audience's Comments from various events



“Gave a very clear history of his school life and problems encountered but without  bitterness”


“Very humorous-I liked Paul’s comments about his experience in the workplace”

"Very insightful, helped understand challenges from his perspective"

“Wonderful speaker - good sense of humour and loved his honesty!”

“Extremely helpful and interesting account of life - really good to hear personal experiences and advice”

“Mind-blowing for me as a parent. Liked the humour!”

“Very articulate-should go far”

"Paul's talk was the most informed inspirational talk I have heard, Helping to make sense of how my son "sees" things in his Autistic world."


"Better than any lecture in my Master Degree!"

"Paul's talk was inspirational, fantastic insight insight into living with autism. Learnt so much - Thank you!!!"

"The Councillors were extremely impressed with how articulate Paul and another person with an ASD were not because they had autism, just the confidence and delivery and comments that they made and speaking in front of the committee at that age. The Chairman commented that Paul was a directorate officer! I have never see them so engaged or interested in a policy area and I have been clerking the committee for 8 years" 

(Member of the Oxfordshire County Council 2010)

"Thanks once again for your excellent talk last week. The deputy manager and charge nurse were extremely impressed with your talk, particularly your ability to humanise the subject and enable support workers and nurse to understand better the perspective of our in-patients with autism/ASD" 

(Consultant Psychiatrist in Autism Spectrum Disorders 2011)
 
"Paul Isaacs delivered a brilliant presentation about his experiences of misdiagnoses, bullying, education and a 'Lecture Level' description of his 'Fruit salad' (Donna Williams expression) of in autism which explained brilliantly all the components he experiences of the spectrum and 'triad of impairment.' In the two years I have been doing my Autism MA, I am sorry if I offend anyone who lectured, but this was the best comprehensive 'broken down in to small pieces' for OUR UNDERSTANDING, descriptions and explanations of the spectrum and his experiences of it, I have heard and I am sorry my fellow students were not there today to hear him. I shall be recommending him to my Autism MA Tutor who organises the lectures....ü" 

(Parent At NAS Bristol Event 2011)

"Here's an Angel for you!...This young man is amazing at explaining his experience of autism, describing the individual impairments experienced and this link is for his Autism Information Channel...I saw him speak last week in Bristol and was sooo impressed...enjoy!.."


"Paul was a credit to himself and to all who have worked with him - who better to hear it from than the horse's mouth!!" 

(Primary School Teacher At A Local Specialist School For Students with Moderate Learning Disabilities and Autism 2011)

"Dear Paul I am writing to thank you for coming to our School yesterday to speak to staff at our "Inside Autism" day. I have received many positive comments about how interesting and useful Sheilagh's and you presentations were. You make an excellent speaker and provided us with fascinating insight into Autism "from the inside"

(Headteacher At A Local Specialist School For Students With Moderate Learning Disabilities And Autism 2011)
 
"Just a line to say how much Tamsin and I enjoyed the evening with Paul Isaacs yesterday.  Tamsin is our Deputy Team Leader for Foundation Studies and a champion for the work we are trying to do in College to better support students with ASD.  Paul had some interesting experiences to recount which I’m sure we will find useful here and it is always encouraging to see a young person achieving so much.  I found Paul’s presentation both engaging and informative." 

(NAS Cornwall Event 2011)
 
"Fantastic evening listening to Paul Isaacs talking, amazing speaker, totally inspirational" 

(Support Worker at Thame Town Hall Event 2012)

"I am the proud dad of an autistic 6 year old and having heard you speak last week we are filled with hope and opportunity for my son." 

"My son, struggles to communicate and gets frustrated in making himself understood. He is currently in mainstream school and though he has a statement for special needs appears to be struggling." 

"He demonstrates lots of copying behaviours so we initially thought that mainstream school would be a great place for him, however having heard you speak we know that other opportunities should and will be considered."

"Thank you for the insight into your life, my wife and I have already read both your books and truly see you as an inspiration."

(Parent at Pebble School Event 2013)

"The talk was very clear and helped me to link Autism with the so called normal spectrum of behaviour."
"Very clear and engaging – well done"
Very interesting, very honest, very thought-provoking
"Another engaging and thought-provoking talk.  Thank you Paul."
"Overall content excellent, thanks."
"Very insightful – thanks!"
"I appreciated your honesty and openness.  Thank you. You’ve given me a lot to think about".
"A joy to listen to as always."
"Made me cry – as a parent with a 15 year old boy at present with severe depression – made me aware and gave me hope"
"Excellent, very interesting as always"

(Autism Oxford Event - Autism, Asperger's & Mental Health 2013)

"WOW! What a fantastic morning, and what two really cool, brilliant blokes!"


"Staff and pupils did not stir in their seats, it was that good."


(Staff at Ormerod Resource Base, The Marlborough School 2013)


"Very inspirational.  Bought his book (Pocket Size Guide Book) because he helps me understand my son better."

 

"Excellent opener – connected very well with the neurotypical audience!"

 

"Shall take this back (Pocket Size Guide Book) & use in workplace" 


(Andrea Robinson – Service Manager, Hft.)

 

"Very insightful & inspirational speaker.  So clear in his explanation of his condition & experience."


(Autism Oxford Event - Autism & Asperger's: Strategies for Success 2013)

 

I am very pleased to have attended a talk last night in Tewkesbury by Paul and to have met him and the lovely lady working with him. I learnt so much and thought Paul was quite remarkable as a person and a speaker. I gained a much deeper understanding of Autism and I'm sure the rest of the audience did too."

 

"Thank you, keep up the great work and all the very best to you all."


(Charlotte Nawrot Attendee at "Living Through The Haze" NAS Gloucestershire 2013)


"We went to listen to Paul Isaacs last night, he is an Autistic Speaker, he came to one of the local schools near us, well I had been looking forward to it, just so that I could get a teeny bit of insight into our Thomas' world, But this guy is amazing, If anyone has heard of him or not and he is giving a talk near you I urge you all to go, he spoke solid for 2 hours but it flew by, and was so informative, he is such a lovely genuine person with a really good sense of humour, couldn't recommend it enough."

"He has also written 3 books, which are on Amazon, I just found it amazing that he was 7 when he gained functional speech and now at 28 he is giving talks to parents and professionals!!"

"Was a really good evening! :-)"

"He covered from birth right up to present, he spoke about the challenges of work, because his first job was in a supermarket (!) the struggles of bullying from teachers and peers, I found the sensory side really really interesting, he did say exact term but I can't remember but his vision is affected, he has to wear dark glasses as everything is pixelated, so that lead to a discussion about pecs and how they didn't work, as he couldn't see, how he used his touch to explore the world around him, He was just lovely! I would go again and listen to it all over again,."

"As I mentioned earlier I found the sensory part really interesting, although Thomas' sensory issued have reduced over time, and change of school it explained a lot for when he was younger, like he was saying he loves water (which happens to be thomas' fave too) he said he loved water because it was his friend, because wherever he went it was always there, he said he went on a trip to the zoo, but spent the time asking for "Loo Loo" because he wanted to watch the water being flushed etc."

"There was loads, it just explained an awful lot, of the past and also some of the behaviours we see now, quite often if Thomas gets told off, he will often say shortly after that he has a tummy ache an Paul was able to say that it’s his way of expressing he is sorry, and at times when Thomas does say sorry  for things and it just sounds like words that actually he probably does mean it , it’s just he cannot express it in his voice!"

(Parent's Comments after attending "Living Through The Haze" NAS Gloucestershire 2013)

"very clear and well explained"

"clear, concise and allowing time to take in information"

"A Paul said its is a very different perspective that is gained from a person with autism rather than a professional"

"very interesting and insightful with a good set of slides"

"It was really helpful to hear someone explain what it means to live with autism and sensory difficulties.  Much easier to relate to than reading an academic text"

"Excellent, nice to see Paul using things happening in the room to get his point across"    

(Sabine Harland - Assistant Psychologist)                                                                  

"Really insightful, and helped my understanding."

"Presented in a way that was very easy to understand"

"Very useful for when I am working with the guys at Hollyrood"

"very eye opening and enlightening.  The most useful training/talk I've heard!!"   

(Louise Adam Assistant Psychologist)                                                                                           

"Paul spoke very effectively.  His examples were very specific and useful"                

(Event Comments from The Disabilities Trust - "Autism: Sensory Issues, Challenging Behaviours & Stimming" Sussex 2013)

"HILARIOUS!!  His presentation also described the “ups and downs” of the spectrum incredibly well.  Downright awesome!  Not to mention, his glasses looked cool"

(Rohan Dahale - Student)

"Brilliant - as always – loved it"


(Hazel Hand – Support Manager, Kingwood)


"Useful & well presented.  Great use of humour"


(Event Comments From The Autism Oxford Jennifer O'Toole Event 2013)


"The range of sensory difficulties was really well explained, and made a lot of sense to the young people we work with.  Paul clearly knows a huge amount and explained things brilliantly."  


(Crystal Clifford – SENCo at a mainstream school with 3 resource bases for ASD)

 

"Fascinating.  A flash of insight into a world that many who support those with autism (myself included) really need to know much more about.  Thank you!! ! 


(Tim Lambard - Therapy Manager, Luma Care)

 

"You have an incredible mind and way of telling exactly how the sensory issues felt.  I will be reading your books!  Amazing."


(Sensory Issues  & Autism Spectrum Event, Swindon 2013)


"Hi Paul, just wanted to message you to say that I attended the Autism Oxford event yesterday and found your talk the most insightful of the day. I came away having gained a lot more understanding and knowledge so thank you. Very funny too!"


(Helen Osborne Attendee at the Autism Oxford Phoebe Caldwell Event 2014)


"I just wanted to send you a quick email to say how much I enjoyed your presentation yesterday Paul. It was inspiring to hear you discuss useful strategies to overcome sensory issues. As the mother of a 7 year old non verbal boy, I feel you gave me a real, valuable insight. Thank you so much!"


(Siobhan Hogg - NAS Branch Support Officer Scotland, NAS Autism & Participation Event 2014) 


I attended Paul’s talk at the “Autism and Participation” conference.  Pauls talk explained, in an entertaining and powerful way, his extraordinary journey, from someone diagnosed as both deaf and blind (neither of which is true), to eventually getting a diagnosis of autism aged 24.

I found Paul’s explanation of his sensory needs and differences absolutely fascinating, and was particularly interested n the intensely personalised strategies Paul has developed over the years to help him to manage environments and situations which are challenging.  These include wearing wristbands to help him understand where his arms end, sensory equipment to prepare for meetings, as well as more traditional tools such as irlen lenses.  For me this exemplified how creative and individual the solutions to particular difficulties are likely to be.  This is a skill we need to develop in staff supporting those people on the spectrum who aren't able to express their needs in the way Paul can. 

Paul's ability to continue his presentation over the noise of an old, whirring projector was admirable, but eventually the challenge became too much, and some brave soul had to stand on a chair to switch it off.  This meant that though the noise had abated, Paul had to continue without his PowerPoint slides, which Paul managed admirably!

 Overall, I found Paul an engaging speaker who was able to adapt his presentation to the needs of the audience, and not only deliver a fascinating talk, but also really engage with the audience through his question and answer session. 

(Carol Povey - NAS Director of the Centre for Autism, NAS Autism & Participation Event 2014) 

Amusing.  Interesting.  Fabulous, inspirational speaker

Very useful & encouraging, especially description of life with visual agnosia

Always a pleasure to hear and see someone deliver a talk when it’s from experience & with passion.

Thank you, it helped answer some of the questions I have had for some time

Gave me insight into how the brain is functioning differently for different people.

Outstanding & inspirational.  Thank you so much.  Such a gifted & engaging speaker.  I really valued hearing of your personal experiences & perspectives.  Gaynor Foxley – Primary School Teacher

You are fantastic!  So eloquent & funny!  We are very like in some ways!  Thank you for teaching me about the other side.  Xanthe Wade.

Inspiring & incredibly entertaining.  Helen Franklin – mother of daughter with ASD 

His encouragement to all to remain aware of the individual – “personhood first” was very memorable.  “I’ve had a set of cards dealt to me – I’ll do the best I can.”  Witty, funny and accessible.  Sarah Faulkner – Senior Case Co-ordinator – ASSERT (Brighton & Hove)

(Further Audience Comments From Autism Oxford Phoebe Caldwell Event 2014)

Paul Isaacs is the most inspiration speaker I have ever listened to. I have been working with children and adults with learning difficulties for 25 years, and I have learnt more by attending 3 of Paul's talks than I have in all of the rest of my career. I am hoping to get involved with autism Oxford in the future as education is what is needed to help with peoples awareness and understanding, Paul is a wonderful ambassador. His books give such foresight into autism, and after last nights talk at Ickford school I have ordered 2 books he recommended to try and further my understanding. Thank you Paul Isaacs and autism Oxford, I look forward to whenever the next talk is.


(Alison Biddle - Attendee at Ickford School Event 2014)


“I have had the pleasure of seeing Paul Isaacs speak on two occasions, and as a Clinical Psychologist  who has specialised in autism for the past 20 odd years, I can say that I have learned an enormous amount from him each time. Paul gives a unique perspective on autism, as a person with classic autism who has moved from being nonverbal to being extremely eloquent, Paul astonishes with his ability to succinctly describe both the joys  and the trials of having autism. He is also “laugh out loud” funny! Health and educational professionals, parents and family members as well as people on the autism spectrum will benefit from hearing"  Dr Michelle Garnett - Hearts & Minds, Australia 


Dear Paul

 

"Thanks for the message and I certainly enjoyed your presentation, which was not only informative but it was also extremely eloquent and entertaining.  One of your talents is the ability to use gestures to augment your speech and thoughts and, quite clearly, the audience were entranced by your presentation.  It was a sheer delight to watch and listen to your presentation and look forward to the opportunity of doing the same at some stage in the future."

 

"Thank you so much for your comments on the presentation of Michelle and I.  I was so pleased to note that you commend both of us for us empathy and a positive, practical presentation.  We both like to use humour and I note that when an audience laughs they are more likely to remember the point." Prof Tony Attwood 


(Asperger's & Autism - 2 Day Conference Comments 2014) 


"It certainly was so good to have you visit us at Beeching way - you have really helped staff to understand the many difficulties that people we support may  be having so we are able to support them more effectively, more sensitively - can't thank you enough for the helpful insight into autism you provided for us all."


"Developing our knowledge and understanding of autism with guest speaker, Paul Isaacs. He delivered an extremely interesting talk focusing on a variety of aspects of autism- sensory issues, support strategies and associated mental health conditions. Thank you Paul, for sharing your wisdom, ideas and humour with us all - a very valuable day for all the staff." Hazel Hand - Kingwood Trust Team Leader 


(Autism - Sensory Profiles, Meltdowns & Mental Health Co-Condition Training Sessions 2015)


"Your speech was pitched just right in both content and theme and everyone at the conference benefited from your being there.
It is also important to thank you for your direct involvement and the value you added to the sensory workshop." -Clare Samaways - For Autism Bucks & Carers Bucks

"Would just like to thank you as Clare has done, I always enjoy hearing you talk and I always learn something new, which is even better. Thank you" - Paulette Hunn MEd (Autism) B.Sc (Health & Social CareAutism Development Worker


(Autism Bucks Conference 2015)


“Awed by him and his presentation” mother of a 18 year old boy with  ASD


“Just wonderful! (from a parent perspective)" mother of a 15 year old boy with ASD


“In depth understanding of autism. Humorous so wanted to keep listening”  mother of a 4 year old  boy with autism


This gives me so much hope into the future seeing from Paul’s birth to where he is now"  mother of a  7 year old boy with autism


“Fantastic, first hand knowledge” mother of a  8 year old girl with  Asperger syndrome


“Paul is very optimistic about autism. He is just a genius. I have learned a lot, well done Paul!”  mother of a 5 girl with  autism


“He made me have hope and courage” mother / father of 2 boys with autism


“His ability to speak and his insight into his own “fruit salad” of autism was truly remarkable” mother of  9  year old girl with ASD


“My daughter relates to this outstanding presentation” mother of a 16 girl with ASD


“Wonderful insight into some of what my sons may be feeling. Loads of interesting information for me to   research to be able to help my boys more as they approach adulthood” mother of 12 and 13 year old boys with  Asperger syndrome


“I wish my teenage daughter could have heard him. It would have helped her understanding and given her hope for the future. Amazing!"  mother of a  14 year old girl with Asperger syndrome


“Incredible insight. Best talk on autism ever heard!” mother of a 18 year old boy with  Asperger syndrome


“Could so relate to him, made me more positive about my sons future” mother, 10 and 16 year old boys with Asperger syndrome


("Lets talk about Autism" Event Southwark London November 2015)


"I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for inspiring me last night. I teach 4 and 5 year olds with ASD and you have completely changed my perspective on activities that we do. I found you fascinating to listen to and cannot thank you enough for the inspiration you have given me and the new found perspective I have for my little men."

"I have already ordered some of your books this morning and also those of your friend Polly that you recommended."

"Thank you for making me take a step back and re-evaluate my teaching from the children's perspective."

"I will definitely be back to listen to you again in the summer"


(Roxanne - Living Through The Haze Event - January 2016)


"I feel privileged to have seen Paul present on two separate occasions, and have found his talks extremely informative, useful and moving. It is highly unusual to be able to hear someone talk in this way about what it is like to have been born with a brain injury and have a diagnosis of autism; Paul speaks intelligently and candidly about his personal experience and yet manages to make his audience feel comfortable whilst delivering complex information in very easy to understand terms. I strongly recommend that anyone interested in learning more about autism – whether on a personal or professional basis – contacts Paul and goes to see him speak."

(Ellie Ruddock, Music Therapist - Living Through Haze Event & Acorns Event)


"Perfect topics for what we are going through with the boys. Brilliant evening. Very friendly. More than expected with food and drinks. Lovely school and really hoping to get my children in the school."

"Have to say what a great evening Presfield has put on. All three speakers offered different views on ASC."

"Brilliant evening, very warm welcome. Could a breakdown of length of time for each speaker be made available so specific information can be given to child carers."

"Would love to hear more from Paul – He’s ace!"

"Lovely set up, very inviting and informal – thanks for thinking to make it a ‘proper night out’."

"Great to hear the AS individuals speak and hear their stories – they provide a perspective that is unique and inspiring."

"Last 2 speakers were amazing, wish we could have had longer. Brilliant night, thanks to all staff."

"Evening was very informative. Great hospitality, Great night."

"All 3 speakers were brilliant."

"Paul Isaacs! Absolutely fabulous talk. Real insight into the mind of a person on the spectrum. Very funny! Will take a lot away from the talk."

"Would have preferred only the 2 speakers with ASC. Their talks gave me real hope and optimism."

"All speakers fantastic – the whole evening was relaxed, informative and massively important. Thank you so much!"

"Would be a great idea for Paul to come and talk to the pupils of the school, not just the parents."

"What an excellent evening.  I have learned so much. I would love others, family, school to have been there to listen."

(Presfield School - Southport - Autism Event 2016)


"Thank you so much for organising yesterday’s Senco forum. It was very interesting and informative, I will be buying his books!"

"Thank you so much for organising yesterday – it was a fascinating presentation."

"Thank you so much for organising yesterday’s meeting. It was so informative and gave me a little window into my own grandchildren’s world."

"Paul was a real inspiration and I will remember his cautionary words not to think of autistic individuals as stereotypes as it can be a trap that we can easily fall into."

 "I found Paul's talk extremely enlightening and valuable"

"Paul was a real inspiration and I will remember his cautionary words not to think of autistic individuals as stereotypes as it can be a trap that we can easily fall into"

(Herne Hill School - London - Living Through The Haze Event May 2016) 


"I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Paul and spending time with him before the talk was a pleasure. I learned so much from hearing him talk about his life experiences and found him truly inspiring."


Tutor, Cambian Potterspury Lodge School


"Absolutely brilliant INSET.  I learned so much about autism and the way it feels to have autism.  It really gave me an insight into some of the issues our students face and has helped me to think of ways to help some of our students more.  Utterly invaluable…Thanks a million."


Teacher, Cambian Potterspury Lodge School


"I thought Paul was an entertaining and inspiring speaker. To have him come back to give more detailed breakdown of the many areas covered would be great."


Tutor, Cambian Potterspury Lodge School


"As someone who is relatively new to working with students with ASD, I found it a fascinating insight. A great mix of theory and personal thoughts, showing how everyday life can be different. I agree wholeheartedly with the view the Autism is not a label, and that everyone should be treated as an individual."


Teacher, Cambian Potterspury Lodge School


"Dear Paul


I believe that the training we received on Thursday was the best ASD training that I have ever had in 12 years of working with boys on the spectrum.


Your honest and humorous approach to how ASD has affected your life provided us with an insight that we could never get from reading books by ASD 'experts'.


As a teacher I have already adapted my planning to take into account some of the things in your training."


Teacher, Cambian Potterspury Lodge School 


"The training that was delivered by Paul was by far one of the best training sessions I have had whilst working at the school. Having an insight into what its like living with autism was fascinating and Paul delivered it with great humour. The way the information was put across was easy to take in. A fantastic speaker and would defiantly be keen on hearing more from Paul"  


(LSA, Cambian Potterspury Lodge School)


"I thought that Paul's presentation was the best INSET training we have received for a long time."

"I enjoyed his humour, clarity and realistic presentation. His life and the moments in his life that he shared with us - thanks- brought the autistic world into reality and helped me to relate to our pupils much better than a theoretical presentation."

"I am going to purchase his books and feel sure that they will be as informative as his talk.​"

Thank you Paul and Well Done"

 "It was a fantastic presentation by Paul and I think he helped with insights into how he feels in situations and also how his parents (specially his Mum) brought him up and while it was very hard for him, she prepared him for the world outside. It was also great to see him after some time and I'm really proud of how well he is doing and turning his autism into a strength - well done Paul really proud of you."

"A very open and honest talk about a inspirational and exceptional life. Enjoyed the humour, and it never took away from the overall learning experience."

 "I thought Paul was amazing an inspiration to all."

"The best training i have had in a long time."

 "I found Paul's training session to be enjoyable and very informative.  It has really enabled me to better understand that having autism is not an "out of the box" package but a very "bespoke" diagnosis.  Paul clearly explained that autism is made up of many different components and so every individual with this diagnosis experiences it in a unique way.  Thank you so much Paul."


(Cambian Potterspury Lodge School)


"Hi Paul. Yes it was a wonderful evening. I saw things from a different perspective tonight. You have given me food for thought! Thank you"


Ian King Aylesbury NAS


"I feel inspired and empowered Paul - thank you"


Clare Samaways - GRASPS Co-Founder



"Thank you Paul - you knowledge is just amazing lots to think about"


Shoshana Willetts - GRASPS Co-founder


"Dear Paul,

 

Thank you very much for, once again, giving up your time to come and speak at the conference yesterday, it was lovely to see you again.  We really do appreciate all the hard work and energy you put into preparing and giving your presentation.

 

The conference seems to have been extremely well received and we have had some excellent feedback from the delegates. Nearly all of the attendees said that they took away useful ideas from the conference and that they would recommend it to a colleague.  We believe that the event was a huge success - but we could not have done it without you, so thank you"


(Kate Laird, Head of Conferences, Events & Information Resources | The National Autistic Society)




“It was an absolute pleasure to hear Paul speak again and have him come to our branch (NAS Southwark) AGM. His talk is utterly enlightening, revealing, generous and along with those vital ingredients, he is also really funny and entertaining, busting myths about autism left right and centre. He gives so much of himself and tells the audience what autism actually is!  I particularly like that he proves how problematic it is to label an individual on the autism spectrum as either high or low functioning. On top of all of this, he is a remarkably inexpensive speaker. Thank you so much Paul!”

(Rosie Barnes, Treasurer, Southwark NAS Branch)

"After meeting Paul at the NAS conference in 2016, we invited him to come and see our family later the same year. My three children, Rose, Daisy and Lenny are all on the autistic spectrum and have many associated conditions. Since the children's diagnoses there hasn't been much by way of further assessment, barring a few physio or OT appointments.

Paul was able to observe my younger two children at home, in their respite placements, and while they were out and about enjoying favourite activities. He expertly pinpointed some visual perception issues that both Daisy and Lenny have, and gave advice regarding the best care and stimulation.

We would now consider Paul to be a family friend, we very much valued his input and would highly recommend his service for anyone whose child or loved one is on the autistic spectrum."


(Sharon King , Mother, Author, Public Speaker & Creative Writer, Wakefield, United Kingdom)

"I have had a huge amount of positive feedback about your presentation; I think all the staff (me included) learned something new and enjoyed the insight you provided. We'd be very happy to work with you again in the future."

(Simon Eccles Headteacher Spa School)



"It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and your dad and show you round our school. Your talk was informative and very thought provoking and has given us lots to think about when we are working with our children who have been diagnosed as on the autism spectrum.


You are a real inspiration. Thank you for your time this evening. I will definitely recommend you to colleagues in other schools and settings!


All the best, to you and your Mum and Dad.


Best wishes."


(Miss Jo Pikulski Acting Co-Headteacher The Disraeli School and Children's Centre)


"Thank you for your lovely feedback, it is much appreciated. I would also like to say a big thank you for coming and speaking.  I had so many good comments from people about how inspirational you are.It was a pleasure meeting you and your dad.


Best wishes and I hope to see you again."

 


(Nicky Smith Senior Administration Specialist - Loddon Training & Consultancy - Annual Conference 2016) 


Always good to hear it from the ‘horse’s mouth’ (idiom notwithstanding!)

‘Different aspects/ pieces that make up each individuals autism’

‘I loved his presentation style – engaging, interesting and funny.’

‘The right support can make a huge difference’

‘All excellent!’

‘Understanding of ASD and layers/ linked conditions’

‘Brilliant insight into how diagnosis can help an individual understand themselves and manage their mental health with support of relevant professionals.’

‘To hear information form his point of view.’

‘Listening to Paul describe the real life feelings’

‘Honest, part on self and other. I had never thought about this autistic trait.’

‘Personal outlook on autism’

‘All of the presentation very informative.’

‘Brilliant’

‘Personal insights very interesting.’

‘Really great, very interesting.’

‘Real life experience is excellent to listen to.’

‘Brilliant, inspirational, put everything into perspective.’

‘The ‘layers’ – not just one but different needs and not all diagnosed will have the same needs.’

‘The idea of things such as object blindness – a new way of looking at some of the things our young people do.’

‘Lovely to hear about what it feels like from his perspective.’

‘Very enjoyable, easy to listen to.’

‘About exposure anxiety, concentrate on object not person.’

‘Amazing!’

‘Excellent! Very interesting to hear about Paul’s experiences.’

‘Very good to listen to an ASD person and effect on life.’

‘Insight into real story.’


(Linwood School "Autism & Mental Health Conference" - October 2016)


"Paul’s combination of honest, personal insights and biography alongside the detailed information around autism as a condition (especially in regards to its complexity and range) was particularly useful. I also loved Paul’s humour and positivity and would be keen to invite him back again to discuss certain areas in more detail. Thank you Paul!" - Olly Dean (Lead Autism Teacher)

"Paul’s talk was both informative and engaging. The way he spoke about autism with such knowledge and humour was amazing. I would definitely welcome having him back to talk about things specific to Holmewood. Thanks Paul." - Gary Grange (TA)

"It was really nice to hear rstanding of Autism that you are now teaching the professionals.  Truly inspiring and a fantastic role model for all!" - Tanya Taylor (Teaching Assistant)

"Paul's story. I was really impressed by how he has succeeded despite all the setbacks in his early years."  - David Tysman (TA etc.)

"I’ve seen Paul talk before at Radlett Lodge school but he still entertained and informed me further in his naturally humorous way. It’s amazing just how much he knows about Autism but more so how much he’s learned and worked out about himself. I think it would be great to have him return to the school to work with the students - they could learn a lot from him! Thank you!" - Stephanie Wiltshire (Primary teacher)

"Thank you, Paul, for coming in and sharing your touching story with us, of which I would very much like to hear more.  It’s incredible that regardless of the difficulties and hurdles faced in your youth, you have developed such knowledge and understanding of Autism that you are now teaching the professionals.  Truly inspiring and a fantastic role model for all!"  - Tanya Taylor (Teaching Assistant)


(The Holmewood School "Living Through The Haze Event" - May 2017)


I asked for feedback once you had left and it was all very positive:

“really knows his stuff” 

 

“entertaining and felt I was learning” 

 

“A lot of what he said you could apply to understanding yourself more” 


(Barnardos - Autism "Fruit Salad" Training - June 2017)


"Thank you to Carol Robinson and Gemma Penny for arranging the SEND session with Paul Isaacs. It was such a wonderful insightful and inspirational experience. Loved it." Jamie Izzo


"I certainly learnt some very interesting things that will help me in my job. Paul's presentation was amazing and very inspiring!!" 
Louise Fitzmaurice

"Thank you so much Paul, what you said today really resonated with me and so much of what you spoke about reflects my son Sean. I could listen to you speak about autism for hours and hope to hear you speak again." Clare Wetton

(Southold School - Parents SENCO Meeting - June 2017) 

 

"Underpinning knowledge increased, bigger awareness to listening more to the traits and communications "

"Excellent subject knowledge and delivery - an expert"

"Relating to his own experiences, breaking autism down"

"Paul's enthusiasm and style of presenting"

"Information given very well presented, great at usefulness and knowledge"

"Links to science, autonomy, behavioural traits"

"Personal insights"

"Sensory processing and it's diversity"

"Personalisation" 

"Knowledge of speaker"

"V. Well informed knowledge base. Illustrative anecdotes"

"Relating to actual experiences"

"Clear and could totally relate to the speech"

"Inspirational words. Use of own experience to highlight points"

"Engaging speaker"

"Personal"

"Brilliant presentation - informative and inspiring - Thank you!"

"Paul is a fantastic speaker - the personal anecdotes put the theory into context"

"Paul himself - he is amazing"

"Personal experience"

"Amazing speaker" 

"Presentation and knowledge"

"Engaging" 

"Insight into his own condition, his own perspective"

"Clear, informative, engaging speaker
Knowledge"

"Hearing first hand what it is really like to live with autism and the message that it is not what defines a person"

"The ability to show there is intelligence in everyone. Thank you"

"Paul was brilliant!"

"Listening to own experience of Paul Isaacs - autism doesn't define him and why "

"Keeping groups attention"

"Excellent delivery and detailed explanations"

"Knowledge - new knowledge and words I had not heard before"

"Variation of emotions and explanations"

"So informative and interesting"

"Different strategies present, very helpful, thinking outside of the box"

"Inspiration"

"Delivery style and obvious knowledge and articulation"

"Identified particular difficulties"

"Interesting delivery, knowledgeable, funny, personal and real"

"Enlightening"

"Paul was inspirational"

"Unpicking the issues and relating of personal experiences.
A great insight into his life and perspectives"

"Relatable stories to pupils I have worked with. Great advice"

"Real life examples made me reflect on a young pupil I work with"

"Knowledge of the trainer and personal experiences"

"Paul's individual approach to his life; his knowledge"

Areas you would like more information from the subjects covered in the session

"I intend on reading more books and literature"
 

"Speech and communication area"

"Getting support for children at school to access learning" 

"Teaching approaches for sensory processing disorder"

'fruit salad' concept  some of the descriptions not heard about

"How he realised/worked things out - self awareness"

"Description of words to be put in to handouts"

"PDA"

"How to find ways to help people with autism"

"How he coped at school"

"Pathological Demand Avoidance"

"Strategies to break down possible barriers"

"Practical ideas/activities that might help individuals, but they are all individual so you have to get to know them"

What are you going to take back to your school from this training

A greater understanding of autism and associated difficulties

What was inspiring and understanding particular students & adults, keep the positivity

More awareness of autism & aspergers, will approach my teaching with more knowledge and confidence

Go along with the person, acknowledge that they are competent

Looking for other ways of communication and understanding

Individual differences, for help support students

 Further awareness. Think before I act

Yes I am, to feed back to members of staff 

Face and auditory blindness in the classroom 
Greater understanding

To look at all pupils individually

Looking more closely at individuals children's conditions & identifying their many clusters and explained through discussion

Open mindedness for all pupils

Understanding of mechanics - difference between autism/aspergers

To look at each pupil's weaknesses in order to support

A greater understanding or autism and seeing the potential for all students

Enlightened

Understanding

An enlightened attitude

Different strategies to think about and understanding of needs/experiences pupils have

Awareness

That every student is individual, not a label

Use sensory blindness to understand why and how our students use this

Non judgement of individuals having similar traits - all different

To never give up

Better understanding

Looking at children in different ways

'Blindness' awareness

To look at the child as an individual even more - what works/what doesn't

Think about students different needs

Greater empathy of barriers faced by our students in regards to communicating their needs

How to get different students to show strength and different needs

Everybody is individual

Positive feedback

Empathy and more understanding

Look at each student in a new light


(Grange Park School - Autism & Sensory Issues - July 2017)


"Thank you for your talk at the PROACT Network meeting.  It was very interesting.  It is always thought provoking to hear about education from different individual perspectives." 

Jenny Hawkes

"The talk that you gave at our Proact Network meeting was very Informative and gave a good understanding of your early life until now. Thank you Paul for sharing with us."

Tracy Styles 

"Paul is an enthusiastic, personable speaker who engages the audience with a unique mix of science and humanity. His presentation on “Autisms” and the fruit salad analogy are a much needed new stereotype challenging perspective that deserves to be shared widely."

Joe White 


(The Beacon School - Autism As A "Fruit Salad" Training - July 2017)

 

"Hi Michelle, Please tell Paul that I was totally engrossed in the conference and considering that I have been in the field for so long, he gave me fresh insight into a number of issues regarding both autism and Asperger’s syndrome and I look forward to including his opinions and views in the training content for both internal and external staff. In addition , I thoroughly enjoyed our meal together. Paul was an engaging and fascinating dinner companion and I look forward to meeting him again. Thanks Yvonne"

"Hi Michelle,

I really enjoyed the conference I found Paul very interesting to listen to and certainly learnt a lot from him, he was very clear in what he was saying and explained things well. I particularly liked the real life examples he gave. He kept me engaged throughout. Many Thanks Hema"

"Hi Michelle,

The conference was brilliant:
Paul Isaacs gave a fascinating insight into the autism spectrum. He was interesting and made it fun, too. I felt very engaged with everything he spoke about and I also feel inspired! Thank you again for organising this lovely and motivational event."

Yvonne S

"Hi Michelle,

I really enjoyed the conference with Paul Isaacs. I found the subject very interesting and this has certainly widened my knowledge around this subject.

Paul was very interesting and engaging, he made it easy to understand and he related certain behaviours to specific situations- which enabled me to understand some of the behaviours I have experienced with our own service users at AT.

I enjoyed his down to earth manner, found him very knowledgeable and easy to listen to.

I am glad I had the opportunity to attend this conference and would highly recommend others to see him."

Dawn

(Autism Together - Autism & Borderline Personality Disorder Conference - November 2017)


"Hi Paul, I was at your talk yesterday in Enfield and I wanted to say a massive thank you. What you said about viewing autism as a fruit salad and the impact that smaller, not necessarily autistic components can have on an individual's life was hugely inspirational and has encouraged me to look beyond my currently existing tool set to find new and creative ways of helping people with autism."

Rich Chadwick Behaviour Consultant


"Paul's talk is a first person's account on how life can be when you’re on the autistic spectrum. It focuses on the underlying co-morbidities in ASC that can significantly impact on a person's life, picking up from Donna Williams' Fruit Salad Model. He has an incredible knowledge of the condition and goes deep into the "guts of autism", putting it all in perspective with new and person centre approaches".

“A very informative and interesting session. Paul came across as a very knowledgeable person and a free thinker. He managed to keep me engaged throughout his session. I began to rethink the way I look at Autism. In the future, I would like to know more about how Paul have overcome his difficulties and became such an inspirational being”.

"The speech was very informative and entertaining. Paul is a good speaker. He jokes and makes people interested in his very personal stories. Paul is also very knowledgeable. I like to way he looks at Autism. He helped me to put the puzzles together and look at Autism from a different angle. I also love the fact that he worked closely with Donna Williams, who is my hero and inspirer. Well Done Paul!!" 

‘’Paul was excellent, I enjoyed his presentation. Paul was able to deliver relevant information about Autism and all the in betweens (fruits) and how it affects him and his life –the fruit salad. He was able to discuss relevant topics with personal life experiences. Paul gave us insight into the importance of accepting the diagnosis as it is not only for the people directly involved but also for the community. Furthermore, he is an advocate to have a more robust diagnosis that not only looks into autism but also other condition that may co-exist with autism.

Paul was very lively and refreshing with an interesting point of view about life, the overall experience was enjoyable and worth it!’’


(Marcus & Marcus Ltd - Autism as a "Fruit Salad" - November 2017)


"The speaker was excellent."

"Speaker gave me a broader knowledge of the fruit salad of Autism and the impact on an individual."

 "Very inspirational speaker."

"Paul's personalised view enabled me to relate to the learners that I support."

"Paul's unique perspective has given me a greater knowledge into ASD & AS and various syndromes. The experiences he shared helped it easier to understand and were good examples."

"Fantastic presentation and everyone commented what a wonderful and inspirational person Paul is."


(St Elizabeth's Centre - Autism as Fruit Salad - January  2018)


"Paul's insight into the challenges faced by students with a diagnosis and his way of relaying the way these challenges mask other conditions gave the best detailed definition of The Autism Spectrum and Asperger syndrome I have heard.  A brilliant interesting thought provoking and inspiring talk, leaving with a feeling of wanting to know more of how each individual child is affected and copes with their unique set of challenges."


"His training was absolutely amazing. I could have listened to him for hours. It really opened my mind and made me see things I didn’t before. Very very good."


"Best training I’ve ever had , I could of listened to him all day . I have worked with ASD pupils  for nearly 30 years and sat in many training sessions and I came out feeling like I had learnt something and I wanted to know more."

"His delivery was interesting and fun and his knowledge was fascinating.  He definitely got me thinking and I wish he would come back !"



(Five Acre Wood School - Autism As A "Fruit Salad" - March 2018)



'An inspirational talk by Paul Isaacs gave everyone insight into the presentation of Autism, personality and sensory issues.


"His candid reflections of his own experiences coupled with an intellectual presentation meant that his audience could better understand how to support the people they live with or work with. we were proud to host and will be inviting Paul again.'


"I wanted to email you to say how much we enjoyed the talk at Greenside yesterday evening. The views and experiences you so articulately shared were really inspirational. I think that there was so much that resonated with us because we share a similar outlook especially within those areas of recognising the individual and specific areas of the Autism Syndrome, and then the other areas of development and behaviours. 

We strive not to make any assumptions when working with our clients, and I feel confident in saying that we understand on a meaningful level, that one thing/trait does not naturally mean the same for another individual... or even the same on a different day! I believe our children are brilliant teachers in helping us living right in the present moment!"


(Greenside School - Autism As A "Fruit Salad" - April 2018)



'All excellent, a wonderful delivery and so interesting'


'Very informative, clear, concise and relevant. Its a pity you can't/don't visit Medway School who would really benefit from Paul's presentation.'


'Really insightful and interesting. I could connect with everything you talked about to so many students I work with. A bit of one and a bit of the other. Very interesting thank you,'


'Interesting listening to Paul talk. He spoke about things I have not heard of before and made me look at autism in a different way. Always good to listen who are on the spectrum themselves.'


'Absolutely amazing and informative talk, learnt so much.'


'Fabulous young man! He explained things very well - I could have listened him all evening. I felt that he on the same wavelength as myself - made me feel positive. I have learnt a lot this evening - Thank you!'


'Really interesting - He should sell a whole day conference.'


'Very interesting and has opened my eyes to behaviours and reasons behind them. There is a life with autism and ways to cope.'


'This was an excellent event. I've learned more in the 2 hours than I have in the last year. Will definitely recommend this to my friends of autistic children.'


'Amazing! Please come again. Next time I'll bring the whole family. Well worth going to secondary schools as well to explain to others what I have learnt tonight. Paul is an inspiration!'


(Helen Allison School - "Autism and Daily Living Skills" - May 2018)


'Hi Paul, I have been to a number of your events. The way you remove the stigma, add clarity, and communicate the autistic condition is amazing. As a parent of a child with autism the sessions are so beneficial and I thought I knew alot! It is essential that employers, police federations, schools and other public bodies have a better understanding of these conditions, especially how best to support people who are living with them. Your sessions are the perfect way to provide understanding and give guidance to all.'


(Mark Fosh - Parent - August 2018)





"Paul Isaacs delivered a brilliant presentation about his experiences of misdiagnoses, bullying, education and a 'Lecture Level' description of his 'Fruit salad' (Donna Williams expression) of in autism which explained brilliantly all the components he experiences of the spectrum and 'triad of impairment.' In the two years I have been doing my Autism MA, I am sorry if I offend anyone who lectured, but this was the best comprehensive 'broken down in to small pieces' for OUR UNDERSTANDING, descriptions and explanations of the spectrum and his experiences of it, I have heard and I am sorry my fellow students were not there today to hear him. I shall be recommending him to my Autism MA Tutor who organises the lectures....ü"  - Parent At NAS Bristol Event 2011

 

"..I feel that if you touched my colleagues' sensitivities even a fraction of how you touched mine, then your talk would certainly make a difference.As I said yesterday, I felt immense pride to have shared a little of your emotional and painful journey, and to witness what a splendid, articulate and committed young man you have grown into..." - Teacher At Long Crendon School Event 2012

 

"Paul was one of the most inspirational speakers I have heard and all the parents felt the same.I really feel that all my staff need to hear him talk. He has such an incredible insight into his own challenges and to be able to vocalise this is so helpful for us as teachers.I would really like Paul to speak to our staff so that they also have the opportunity to learn about the challenges many of our pupils are probably having and are not able to vocalise.I feel all teachers who are working with young people on the autistic spectrum should gain the experience and knowledge that Paul can offer." Thanks so much to Paul and Kathy. - Phoenix School Event Autism & Challenging Behaviours 2012

 

"On Feb 8th at the Phoenix Parent Support Group I listened to a speaker with autism. I hadn't been to this group before, but was made to feel welcome. We met a well-dressed young man called Paul Isaacs who has autism. He was very refreshing and uncovered all different elements of autism and challenging behaviour. He explained to us that he could not see our faces in full, and that the lighting in the room was bouncing of our heads and he could make out an eye or ear, if he focused more. The lights were turned down."

"The main areas he talked about were sensory issues, emotional recognition, communication issues and about using stimming to calm down & process information. We were able to ask lots of questions, which he answered fully. On the whole , he was one of the best speakers I have heard."

Phoenix School Event Autism & Challenging Behaviours 2012

 

"This is the second time I have seen Paul give a talk and he is superb. What a lovely and very intelligent man he is. Paul has a unique style of delivery which captivates the audience. You can tell he has a script but is confident enough to stray from that script when some new examples come into his head. For example I am not sure the analogy of someone with Autism being from another planet was a part of his planned talk but it certainly made the point he was making very clear – as did his reference to Cybermen. He is an ‘old hand’ at delivering talks and this can be seen by the justifiable confidence he has in walking around the ‘stage’ and engaging the audience – either that and to paraphrase another one of your talkers from the sensory issue day – he is a damn fine actor." - Autism Police Training 2012

 

"I commend the excellent work you are doing with Autism Oxford"  -Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Commons Speaker Speaker's House, House Of Commons 2012


"I am very pleased to have attended a talk last night in Tewkesbury by Paul and to have met him and the lovely lady working with him. I learnt so much and thought Paul was quite remarkable as a person and a speaker. I gained a much deeper understanding of Autism and I'm sure the rest of the audience did too."


 "Thank you, keep up the great work and all the very best to you all." Charlotte Nawrot Attendee at "Living Through The Haze" NAS Gloucestershire 2013



I attended Paul’s talk at the “Autism and Participation” conference.  Paul's talk explained, in an entertaining and powerful way, his extraordinary journey, from someone diagnosed as both deaf and blind (neither of which is true), to eventually getting a diagnosis of autism aged 24.

I found Paul’s explanation of his sensory needs and differences absolutely fascinating, and was particularly interested n the intensely personalised strategies Paul has developed over the years to help him to manage environments and situations which are challenging.  These include wearing wristbands to help him understand where his arms end, sensory equipment to prepare for meetings, as well as more traditional tools such as irlen lenses.  For me this exemplified how creative and individual the solutions to particular difficulties are likely to be.  This is a skill we need to develop in staff supporting those people on the spectrum who aren't able to express their needs in the way Paul can. 

Paul's ability to continue his presentation over the noise of an old, whirring projector was admirable, but eventually the challenge became too much, and some brave soul had to stand on a chair to switch it off.  This meant that though the noise had abated, Paul had to continue without his PowerPoint slides, which Paul managed admirably!

 Overall, I found Paul an engaging speaker who was able to adapt his presentation to the needs of the audience, and not only deliver a fascinating talk, but also really engage with the audience through his question and answer session.  - Carol Povey - NAS Director of the Centre for Autism, NAS Autism & Participation Event 2014


"I have had the pleasure of seeing Paul Isaacs speak on two occasions, and as a Clinical Psychologist who has specialised in autism for the past 20 odd years, I can say that I have learned an enormous amount from him each time. Paul gives a unique perspective on autism, as a person with classic autism who has moved from being nonverbal to being extremely eloquent, Paul astonishes with his ability to succinctly describe both the joys  and the trials of having autism. He is also “laugh out loud” funny! Health and educational professionals, parents and family members as well as people on the autism spectrum will benefit from hearing him speak. I can highly recommend Paul to you. - Dr Michelle Garnett - Hearts & Minds - Asperger's & Autism - 2 Day Conference 2014 

 

 
Thank You For all the Comments :-)