Improving access to social care for adults with autism

Making services accessible and acceptable - Frontline staff

The techniques of working with adults with Asperger's Syndrome require a degree of anticipation, rehearsal and self-regulation. They do not just come naturally to people. They have to be learnt and applied. (27)

To ensure that services are accessible to people with autism, it helps to bear certain things in mind in day-to-day work. The most important is that a person's autism will never be more than one part of what makes them who they are. That said, some general points can be made. In order to build good working relationships with people with autism (28):

Planning in advance can make it more likely that whatever the person with autism is involved in will run smoothly. A person's likes can be catered for, and potential triggers identified and avoided, for example by going out shopping at quieter times. When planning a day, or an activity:

Whether planning or engaged in an activity, good communication is vital. Consider the following when communicating with people with autism (33, 28):

As discussed earlier in the context of assessments, a lot of these communication tips are applicable to all social care users, and are things staff ought to be able to do. A lot of support to people with autism could be improved by the consistent application of general good practice principles.

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