What is Autism & Aspergers?
People with autism have said that the world, to them, is a mass of people, places and events which they struggle to make sense of, and which can cause them considerable anxiety. In particular, understanding and relating to other people, and taking part in everyday family and social life may be harder for them. Other people appear to know, intuitively, how to communicate and interact with each other, and some people with autism may wonder why they are ‘different’.
Autism is often described as a ‘spectrum disorder’ because the condition affects people in many different ways and to varying degrees. Asperger syndrome is a form of autism which is a lifelong disability that affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people.
Asperger syndrome is mostly a ‘hidden disability’. You can’t allways tell that someone has the condition from their outward appearance. People with Aspergers syndrome and Autism have difficulties in three main areas. They are:
- social communication
- social interaction
- social imagination.
They are often referred to as ‘the triad of impairments’.
While there are similarities with autism, people with Asperger syndrome have fewer problems with speaking and are often of average, or above average, intelligence. They do not allways have the accompanying learning disabilities associated with autism, but they may have specific learning difficulties. These may include dyslexia and dyspraxia or other conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and epilepsy.
With the right support and encouragement, people with Autism and Asperger syndrome can lead full and meaningful lives.
Values in Care have endeavoured to best understand autism and the best approaches to understanding each individual with autism, in that, we have recruited individuals with real experience in the field of autism and then supported those individuals with their continuing professional development. Values in Care has developed autism training for staff that is delivered by our in house trainer, Danielle Moses (Lead Autism specialist)who has complimented her occupational experience with a ‘Masters’ degree in Autism and a City and Guilds Trainers qualification. Our in house training is also strengthened by accessing specialist training delivered by leading authorities in the field and conferences delivered by speakers who have autism.