Many people have heard of autism and the autistic spectrum but not many people really understand what this means to an individual. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people perceive the world around them and affects how they communicate with people around them. The term autistic spectrum is used, as the condition will affect people in different ways whilst sharing other difficulties. This means any support must be tailored to the individual not the disability. Our services range from supporting people who are able to live relatively independent lives but need support in certain key areas to those that may have accompanying learning disabilities and need more in-depth specialist support.
The spectrum can vary from those with profound needs to those with more subtle problems of understanding such as those with Asperger Syndrome. Asperger syndrome is a form of autism in which people have fewer problems with speech but their difficulties are often in the understanding and processing of language.
All of our staff who work within our specialist autism services are trained to understand how autism will affect different people and that may have hyper sensitivity to sensory stimulus so environmental factors are always considered. They will also understand how the triad of impairments that characterises autism impacts on each individual so that the support plans are individually tailored to each person.
Please click here to see details of our services which specialise in autism.