Living with Autism Spectrum Condition
Every person with autism spectrum condition (ASC) is unique and the way in which their autism impacts upon them, their families and carers is also unique. There is no one size fits all, what works for one may not necessarily work for another.
At Autism Initiatives our expectation is that people with autism can learn and develop and we support this process every single day. We will create unique services for people to enable them to have ownership of their lives and their future.
Autism affects every single member of a household
The demands of living with a person with autism can be numerous and families may frequently experience high stress levels. What many of us consider to be simple every day activities can sometimes become logistical nightmares.
For example shopping may become difficult in a supermarket if aisles have been moved or travelling may cause problems if there is a traffic jam. Situations such as these can quite easily become very real issues with the person with autism becoming the centre of unwanted attention, often increasing tension in the family, especially with siblings.
Identifying, acknowledging and preparing for some of the challenges which may occur can make a huge difference for everyone involved.
Autism is a hidden condition
You can’t tell a person has autism by their outward appearance and this can make dealing with autism and awkward situations even harder. Whether it’s at school, at work or in social settings, people with autism are often misunderstood.
Whilst general awareness of autism is relatively high, research shows that there remains a lack of understanding about what it really means to live with autism, not only for the person with autism but also for those who care for them and live with them.
Due to this general lack of understanding of the condition people may think that a child may be spoiled or lacking in discipline.
Helping a person with autism
Some of the key characteristics of autism, including difficulties in communication and social interaction, love of routine and obsessive behaviour are reasonably well known. However, other common features can include difficulty in sleeping, being disturbed by sound or touch or the need for clear and explicit speech without ambiguity, and are much less well known, so it can be beneficial to know how to help a person with autism.
To find out more about the services we offer for those living with autism such as supported living and support groups, and their families, please head to our what we do page.
Symptoms of autism
How to support a person with autism