Living with Autism
People successfully live with autism for life. They fulfill their dreams, develop high level skills and fully participate in their communities.
Autism is called a ‘spectrum’ condition because people experience mild to severe forms of it. Most autistic people share the same challenges, but are affected in different ways. Some live independently while others require full time support, care and supervision. SASI provides the specialist support required by people with high-level autism needs.
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Supporting a person with autism
While life with an autistic child is joyous, managing the condition itself can be challenging for parents and carers. An autistic person’s view of their world is key to understanding how to help. Autistic people develop personalities and behaviours that make them feel more secure in their environment. They must feel comfortable, secure and calm in order to learn. Once they’ve achieved this, they can then develop the new skills to participate fully within any setting or circumstance.
Education is the key to understanding and working with people with a disability.
SASI helps teenagers and adults with autism and other complex disabilities to live with dignity, respect and as independently as possible.
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Ways you can support someone with autism
- Educate others who come into contact with autistic people
- Provide a predictable routine and environment
- Prepare the autistic person for changes in routine
- Provide a buddy system at school to enhance a secure environment
- Keep distractions to a minimum
- Gain an autistic person’s full attention when communication
- Provide clear instructions
- Be patient when delivering instructions
- Use visual aids to assist communication
- Provide structure for activities
- Be Consistent
- Provide a time-out zone if stress levels increase
- Watch for behavioural triggers E.g. Confusion, stress, fear, pain or overstimulation
- Assess behaviours fully and look for acceptable alternatives
- Try not to take any behaviour personally
- Keep a good sense of humour