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Autism And Learning Disability Care

What is autism and learning disability care?

Autism is a spectrum condition, meaning it covers a range of disabilities which affect each individual differently. It is a life-long, developmental disability which affects the way people see, hear and feel the world around them. Autism affects around 1 in 100 people, more often diagnosed in men than women.

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What is autism and learning disability care?

Autism is a spectrum condition, meaning it covers a range of disabilities which affect each individual differently. It is a life-long, developmental disability which affects the way people see, hear and feel the world around them. Autism affects around 1 in 100 people, more often diagnosed in men than women.

Autism has many names, but is most commonly diagnosed as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is often diagnosed alongside other conditions, such as learning disabilities and mental health issues, some of which are outlined below:

  • ADHD
  • Hearing impairments
  • Downs syndrome
  • Dyspraxia
  • Epilepsy
  • Fetal anticonvulsant syndrome (FACS)
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Social Communication Disorder
  • Visual impairment

Learning disability care

Learning disabilities are usually present at birth, or appear shortly afterwards. There are many conditions which could be classed as a learning disability. Often, they show an individual has a reduced ability to understand, learn and remember. This makes it more challenging to communicate effectively, cope independently, or to take part in physical tasks.

Learning disabilities are sometimes referred to as impaired intelligence, or impaired social functioning.

People who have more than one condition, need care which meets each of their distinct needs. An Autism carer, or learning disability carer can offer support to help to enable anyone to live a healthy, interesting and rewarding life.

How can an autism/ learning disability carer help?

Practical, domestic and medical support

A disability carer is there to help individuals live as independently as possible. Personalised support means adjusting care to fit unique lifestyles. This might be as simple as helping out on a trip to the shops, assisting with mobility around the home, or support with more complex medical needs and challenging behaviours.

Help maintain positive relationships

Caring for a person with ASD or a learning disability can be very demanding, putting a heavy strain on relationships. Respite care, or even home care help with domestic chores, can take the pressure off. A carer ultimately supports the whole family, enabling those moments of fun to flourish.

Foster confidence in social situations.

Some people with learning disabilities and ASD say the world feels overwhelming, they find it difficult to form relationships and know how to ‘join in’. This causes social anxiety. For others, being alone in isolation is preferable. A disability carer’s job is to understand a person’s inner world and help them with their outer expression.

Communicate in ways which are affective.

Many autistic people struggle to accurately interpret language, gestures and tone of voice. Some have a very literal understanding of language, and others may prefer to communicate without speech at all. An autism carer can help relay verbal information clearly, consistently and in ways that give individuals time to process what has been said.

Companionship to build confidence

Many impaired people are acutely aware of their social differences, knowing that others don’t understand them. They may feel frustrated, wanting to join in, but lacking the confidence and skills to do so. A specialist carer can help reduce feelings of social isolation, by showing acceptance and understanding towards unique mannerisms and behaviours.

Consistent structure and routines

The world can seem a very unpredictable and confusing place to impaired people. Many individuals with ASD prefer stricter daily routines, finding comfort in repeated order. A learning disability carer can help maintain familiar patterns throughout the day, adjusting care needs to fit around your preferred routine.

FIND A CARER

Curam can help you find an Autism carer, or learning disability carer who can enable anyone to live a healthy, interesting and rewarding life.

Who else can support me with autism/ learning disability care?

SPECIALIST RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES

Specialist care homes can support people with more complex needs, including those with profound and multiple learning disabilities. With experienced and compassionate staff, they are well placed to support those with autism and challenging behaviour.

SPECIALIST DAY CARE

When family members are a work, or in need of rest, then day care centres can provide a stimulating and environment for those with physical and mental disabilities.

SUPPORT LIVING ACCOMMODATION

Living independently is taken for granted by most people. Many people with a learning disability or Austism can achieve this, but need the background support of a carer. There are social and private landlords who have accommodation with an onsite carer who is available whenever required, or for emergencies. This offers a secure stage of living independently for many impaired people.

Where can I find more information?

CARE TYPE

National Autistic Society – information and advice about ASD and associated conditions.

Mencap – National charity, the voice of learning disabilities.

Young Minds – Young people mental health organisation.

ADHD Foundation – Mental health, training and education services.

Downs Syndrome Association – National charity for Downs Syndrome.

LOCAL SERVICES

Carers UK – National directory of local services.

PEER SUPPORT

Mencap Online Community – online support forum.

Mencap Helpline – free service for expert help over the phone.

Learning Disability Carers Community – Facebook support group.