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Understanding Autism & Strategies

Understanding Autism

Autism is a lifelong disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world (NAS). Autism should be seen as a different way of being, rather than as a ‘deficient’ or ‘disordered’ way of being (Autism Education Trust). Autism affects people in different ways and across all abilities, strengths, difficulties and intelligence. 

We offer advice and support with :

• Resources and strategies to manage dysregulation, such as tantrums and meltdowns.
• Identifying practical tools to help your child with emotion regulation.
• Resources, strategies and techniques to manage change, transitions, challenging behaviours and power struggles.
• Ways to enhance positive sibling relationships.
• Strategies to support difficulties with sleeping, toileting and self-help skills.
• Techniques to strengthen the parent-child relationship.
• Making developmentally sound modifications based on a child’s diagnosis and/or disability.

Psychological theories associated with autism:

(National Autistic Society)

  • Mind Blindness (Theory of Mind) – Autistic people may find it difficult to differentiated fact and fiction. They may have difficulty explaining their behaviours and understand their emotions and those of others. They may find it difficult to read the minds of others and understand people’s intentions. 
  • Focus on Detail (Central Coherence) – Autistic people may have literal thinking and become fixated on specific details. When processing information, most people tend to understand the overall meaning of a story rather than focus on every detail. Autistic people seem to process information using a different style that focuses on detail, which can impact on their comprehension and understanding the overall meaning of what is being communicated. 
  • Planning and Organising (Executive Functioning) – Autistic people may find it difficult to connect past with current or future experiences. The ability to make connections and learn from past experiences can help us plan and organise. These difficulties can make prioritising, sequencing and managing time difficult. Autistic people may find it difficult to organise themselves, plan ahead, keep things organised and follow directions.

There are four areas of difference in autism which may impact on a person’s everyday life.

  • Flexibility of thought and behaviour
  • Sensory perception and responses
  • Social and emotional understanding
  • Understanding and use of communication and language

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