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Autism and Asperger Syndrome

We are experienced at providing specialist support for people with Autism and Asperger syndrome. Depending on the person’s needs their support may be in the their own home, in a supported living setting or in a care home. Support is aimed at maximising independence at home and in the community.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that may affect how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It can also affect how they make sense of the world around them. People with autism may share certain difficulties but each will be affected in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience other indications such as; predicting, sequencing, over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.

Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger’s are often of average or above average intelligence, may have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.

Autism is sometimes associated with other difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.

We understand that everyone's support needs are unique, therefore please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

Specialist Support

The key elements of the specialist support we provide which will help to meet people’s agreed needs within a package of support are: 

  • a person-centred approach, taking the individual's needs, wishes and aspirations into account
  • individual and detailed person centred support plans
  • detailed and specific strategies to support social interaction, communication and independence skills
  • structured outcome-focussed support
  • highly planned structured activities
  • appropriate staff levels to implement the strategies and provide staff support in all areas
  • an appropriate physical environment.
  • consistency and stability in the environment and in all interactions
  • continuous external motivation and positive intervention
  • alternative and augmented communication systems which enable individuals to communicate effectively with those around them.
Support may be crucial in enabling people with autism to participate more fully in everyday life. Where we are supporting people with autism, our staff will become attuned to the way the person with autism experiences the world.

Skilled Staff

We place great importance on matching appropriately skilled staff with each individual and our comprehensive training programme ensures all our staff are working towards: 
  • an ability to observe and interpret the verbal or non-verbal communications of the person with autism
  • an ability to translate situations, events and concepts into language that can be understood and grasped by the person with autism
  • a sensitivity in the recognition of anxiety levels
  • non-aversive skills in the management and reduction of challenging behaviour
  • recognition of the value of repetitive reinforcement and the ability to make careful use of structure in order to counteract the lack of motivation inherent in this disability
  • an understanding of the effect of the sensory environment on the individual.
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