Autism Wellbeing provides a range of services for autistic individuals, their families and the professionals working to support them.

These include our Responsive Communication service to autistic individuals and their families. We provide this service either to individual families or to groups of families.

Responsive Communication

Autistic children and adults are sometimes unable to use speech to communicate or may have only limited verbal communication skills. At the same time, they experience sensory processing difficulties which can cause distress as well as severe physical pain. As a result of their communication and sensory difficulties, these individuals experience distress and isolation in their daily lives which, in turn, can lead to distress behaviours (also known as “challenging behaviour”). These distress behaviours may be difficult for parents, carers and professionals to cope with or respond to positively.

Responsive Communication reduces the autistic person’s experience of sensory pain, distress and isolation, thereby allowing their personality, their innate skills and capacities to come to the fore. Responsive Communication supports the person to function at their best both cognitively and socially, and this in itself can make the difference between isolation and inclusion.

Responsive Communication has three interlocking elements which the communication partner (the practitioner or parent/carer) undertakes in response to the autistic person and the setting in which the interaction is taking place:

  • Observing the autistic person’s experience of sensory inputs (visual, auditory, tactile etc) and identifying which inputs cause distress or discomfort and which are neutral or positive
  • Creating an autism-friendly environment by reducing or eliminating sensory inputs that are causing the person distress (inputs to which they are hyper-sensitive) and increasing those sensory inputs which they experience as positive or to which they are hypo- or under-sensitive
  • Tuning into and responding to the person’s body language using Intensive Interaction (mirroring and then developing the body language the person is using to communicate with themselves eg particular hand movements, foot tapping, breath holding/releasing and so on)

Responding to the autistic person in this way builds emotional engagement between the autistic person and those around them. Increased emotional engagement can lead, in turn, to greater social interaction.


In addition, we provide one-to-one consultancy for schools or professionals working with autistic individuals in their school or care setting context. This may involve input from our psychologist, from our speech and language therapist or from both, depending on the type of support required.

Please feel free to email Rorie at ( or phone (07393 664048) to discuss your needs and to see how Autism Wellbeing can support you. Please contact us if you are an autistic individual or if you have a family member with autism, even if you are unable to self-fund your support, as we hold a waiting list for our funded projects. We hope to have funding in place in due course so that we can offer Responsive Communication support to families at no cost.


contact us:

Postal Address
SA32 7RN

Contact Numbers
Tel. 07393 664 048

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