Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness Training / Workshop

This course is available as a one day introduction, or as two day, more in depth workshop giving an understanding autism and the acceptance of Autistic people.

Autism manifests itself in a huge number of ways leading to a condition that is as individual to each autistic person as you are individually different to this author.

It is mainly public perception that has linked autism and distress. While there are some "catch all" understandings around autism, we teach that the main focus should be on very individualised approaches that support, care for and enable people.

Autism has no physical signs, but affects the way individuals perceive and interact with the world. Neurotypical people can have difficulty with acceptance and understanding the differences an autistic person experiences. As more than 700,000 people in the UK thought of as having autism, a general understanding of the differences is essential.

We use the term Autistic Person as research suggests it is preferred by autistic people themselves.

The term ‘autistic’ was endorsed by a large percentage of autistic adults, family members/friends and parents, but by considerably fewer professionals; ‘person with autism’ was endorsed by almost half of professionals, but by fewer autistic adults and parents.

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1362361315588200

The following is a just a 'peek' at the content of the day.

Aim

Participants will get an overview of the characteristics of autism and care planning for the individuals they support.

Objectives

Participants will -

  • understand how their own thinking and processing may differ from an individual on the autistic spectrum
  • accept that their own lives have elements other people would find obsessive / ritualistic
  • understand the need for sensory assessments
  • understand that the individual’s sensory profile may highlight and inform how their needs should be taken into account during care planning and positive behaviour support
  • understand how to take into account the differences in the autistic experience when writing plans

Overview

Autism is not a single condition; it is a spectrum of conditions.

These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees by difficulties, or differences, from neurotypical people, in:

  • social interaction
  • verbal and nonverbal communication
  • repetitive behaviours

Therefore, as autism is a ‘spectrum’ there are huge variations in the manner in which it manifests and the behaviours that are experienced by autistic people in distress.

Sensory differences and difficulties are common and vary widely and people with autism can experience differences in thinking, perception and learning styles. All of the above can be factors in an individual's ability to self regulate; this can lead to individual distress. However, autism and distress do not automatically go together.

Diagnostics

With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged under the one umbrella diagnosis of ‘Autistic Spectrum Disorder’. Previously, they were recognised as distinct sub-types, including:

  • Autistic disorder
  • Childhood disintegrative disorder
  • Pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)
  • Asperger syndrome

In the UK, ICD-11 is mainly used for diagnosis which still has the separate diagnoses.

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