RETIREMENT is not a word you could use when talking about special needs expert Phoebe Caldwell, who is still making a huge difference at the age of 76. Working for local business Concept Training, Autism expert, Mrs Phoebe Caldwell has been working for over 35 years in her field of expertise. As a well known and highly respected care practitioner, Phoebe shows that age is not a factor and has no immediate plans for retirement.
At 76, Phoebe recently won the Times/Sternberg award for her work to improve the outlook for people with severe autism. The Award, which she received at Downing Street celebrates the achievements of people aged 70 or over who have done most for society and good causes in their older age. Mother of five and grandmother of nine, Phoebe won the £5,000 prize for her work with schools, psychologists and individual families to improve the outlook for people with severe autism.
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Living in High Bentham, Phoebe travels up and down the country sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience. She delivers training courses for Morecambe based Concept Training both locally and nationally. With an increase in the number of cases of autism being recognised, Phoebe uses a method called Intensive Interaction to reach people. She teaches others how to combat the isolation, which stems from autism and improve people’s lives dramatically. Concept Training are a leading national and international training provider, who organise a variety of special needs centred training in partnership with Edge Hill University.
Author of eight books, Phoebe has made training dvds on helping those with severe learning disabilities, addressed conferences, initiated research and worked with a large number of parents and professionals. Graduating as a biologist she then went to work in a learning disability hospital. She received a Rowntree fellowship where she studied different approaches for working with learning disabilities.
Director of Concept Training, Janet Price, has been working with Phoebe for over 10 years and is proud to have such an inspiring, knowledgeable trainer as part of the highly skilled team. “The work Phoebe does is life changing. She is an extraordinary person who can position herself in the world of another and use this invaluable skill to help them. While others are often confused and frustrated by a loved one or patients actions, Phoebe works to break through the barriers of the autistic spectrum and help autistic people build a bridge to the world. She reaches the unreachable and we hope she will continue working with us for many years to come.”
Janet Price and Jack Holliday started Concept Training to provide independent training and advice on how to create and use multi-sensory
rooms. Together, they set out to devise a practical, informative and objective programme that would help people build their confidence, understand more about what could be achieved, and take home concrete ideas and suggestions. Today, Concept Training is one of the country's leading providers of training for anyone living and working with sensory impaired and special needs children, young people and adults, and the original concept remains to provide practical, independent and hands-on training that delegates can put straight into practice when they get back to work.
A one day course on ‘Using Intensive Interaction with Non Verbal Adults and Children with Autism or Profound Learning Disabilities’ costs £185 + VAT. per person. For more information on this and other Concept Training courses you can visit the website http://www.concept-training.co.uk/., call 01524 832828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Concept Training is one of the country’s leading providers of training programmes for anyone working or living with people of all ages who have special needs. With dates and venues across the UK and Ireland Concept Training also offer in house and consultancy services.