A lifelong neurodevelopmental condition, characterised by social, emotional, cognitive, and sensory processing differences. These differences can cause issues in socialising, emotional regulation, sensory overload, and executive functioning. https://www.scottishautism.org/
Anxiety in new and stressful situations can be limited by prior planning and clear communication of what will happen and what is expected of the autistic person.
Use the autistic person’s preferred method of communication wherever possible. This may be pictures, written words, sign language, or simply clear speech, among others. Try to be mindful that the individual may take what you are saying/communicating liter
Allow for extra processing time of communication and changes to plans/routine.
Respect the autistic person’s personal space; ask before touching, hugging etc.
Sensory sensitivities are common. Sensory overload can be prevented by use of personal support such as sunglasses, ear defenders/headphones, comfortable clothing etc., altering the environment to limit its sensory impact, and/or allowing regular breaks fr
Many autistic people try to regulate themselves using self-stimulatory behaviour. This can be observed as rocking, flapping their hands, making noises, playing with a fidget toy etc. Allow them to do this as long as it is not posing a danger to themselves
If an autistic person becomes distressed, stay calm, reassure them, try work out the cause of their distress, and allow or support them to leave the stressful situation if appropriate. They may have reduced ability to process communication and respond.