“Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."

You can find some very accessible articles on challenging behaviour, written for the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, here.

A paper written with the estimable Bob Marks on Positive Behaviour Support (from way back when it was a new term) for the Tizard's old Subscriber Network can be found: PBS Third Draft

What I Think About When I Talk About Autism This brief paper concerns autism and theory of mind.

Coming soon: news on a book or two. I'm also writing material on practice leadership for PBS practitioners.

Advocating for Advocacy

This 2017 commentary paper makes the case for strong advocacy. It also considers how we now face professional managerialism in the UK.


This 2012 commentary paper outlines the principle challenges for positive behaviour support - namely, a focus on measuring the right things for the right reasons - primarily, quality of life.

Suits you, sir

This article from over fifteen years ago was one of the first I wrote for Paradigm-UK's website. This considers challenging behaviour in learning disabilities (intellectual & developmental disabilities these days), the need for competent environments and support that is fit for purpose. The article became very popular (to this day I receive emails from people around the world), in part due to its humour, accessibility, and advocating for common sense.

Never mind the quality

This article was reworked to become a book chapter [Cambridge & Carnaby Eds Book on Care Management & Person Centred Planning -chapter four]  for a book edited by the wonderful Paul Cambridge and admirable Steve Carnaby. It outlines the chief dangers facing the national implementation of person centred planning. There's very little wrong with person centred planning, but like any approach, the devil is in the detail, particularly, how organisations 'scale up' individual approaches to wider populations.

Once at a dinner I was accused of being overly negative about the chances that person centred planning would survive its encounter with Serviceland intact and unsullied. Boy, I wish I'd made a bet.

Doing It For Attention

This article outlines strategies for responding to challenging and problematic behaviour once they've occurred, because no matter how good your plan of support is, no matter how skilled, people make mistakes and things go wrong. Cut yourself a break.

Falling on Deaf Ears

This is the first article I wrote about my experiences of working with 'Jane', a young woman with the label of autism who had a black-belt in self injury, that turned out to be self harm. It tells precisely what 'Jane' taught me about myself and my so-called knowledge. 'Jane' taught me the nebulous nature of self-injury and self-harm as conceptual categories. At the time it was quite a controversial article. I received threatening phone calls, abusive emails and my bosses received huge pressure from 'vested interests' about the article's critique of services. Suffice to say my NHS manager was helpful as a knitted gas-mask, whereas Professor Jim Mansell, my director at University, was superb in advocating for academic freedom.

Still Hurting- What Jane Did Next

Despite the hate, 'Jane' had more to teach me about Serviceland, herself, autism and self-harm. This article was incredibly helpful to write because it helped me develop my understanding of how best to support people through the moody hills of commissioning and services.