Autism Care UK

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that effects individuals’ social interactions, emotional responses, and communication skills. It also impacts how they connect with the world around them. It is estimated that there are currently around 700,000 people in the UK living with some form of autism.
what are the signs of autism

What are the signs of autism?

There are a variety of signs that can Autism, however many individuals remain misdiagnosed due to an overlap in symptoms with other conditions. Due to the diagnosis for Autism relying on a vast spectrum, signs can differ greatly from person to person. Here are a few of the indicators to look out for if you suspect that yourself or a loved one might have Autism. Having trouble relating to others or displaying a lack of interest in others all together, avoiding eye contact and preferring to remain alone, having difficulties in understanding other people’s emotions or common social cues and experiencing anxiety in social situations.

How to get diagnosed?

If you suspect that you or someone you care for has Autism, the first point of contact should be your GP who can then refer you to the correct services. The diagnosis for Autism can be lengthy, as they will need to build up a solid picture of your development throughout your childhood and early adulthood. This is normally done via a rigorous questioning process to both yourself and those that were involved in your care. The diagnosis team can be made up of a psychiatrist and other trained professionals who are experienced in understanding a wide range of condition. There are many ways Autism can present itself so they may look to ascertain if you had any persistent difficulties throughout your childhood relating to social, communication as well as any repetitive patterns of behaviour.

Leafcare autism support and care

At Leafcare, we assess every individual carefully to accommodate their individual needs and help them achieve independence. Some autistic people will have high support needs and may require full time care or support whilst others may simply need a little extra help with day-to-day life regarding matters such as finding a job, social interaction and achieving their goals. We can provide visiting care that can be tailored entirely to your personal needs and is flexible around your life schedule. If you only require a few minutes of care per day, then the carer will visit your house for the exact time that you need them to. However, if you need help around the house and would prefer the carer to stay for a few hours, this can be arranged according to your needs. Our carers are trained to help with everything, including cooking meals or household chores.

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Receiving the right support

It’s important that yourself or your loved one receive the right level of support for your own individual needs. The severity of an individual’s symptoms can vary greatly from person to person ranging from mild to severe and there are currently three levels of ASD recognized by the DSMV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th edition.) These include:

  • Level 1: Requiring Support:

    The individual may experience problems with inflexibility, poor organization, planning, poor social skills, and difficulty in initiating interactions.

  • Level 2: Requiring Substantial Support:

    The individual may have marked difficulties with verbal and nonverbal social communication skills. Markedly odd or restricted repetitive behaviours and noticeable difficulties changing activities or focus.

  • Level 3: Requiring Very Substantial Support:

    The individual may display severe difficulties in verbal and nonverbal communication as well as having a very limited grasp of speech/vocabulary expressing only their basic needs. They may also display odd, repetitive behaviour.

    Where the individual falls in the above categories will indicate both the type and level of support required.

how leafcare specialists approach to autism

How Leafcare specialists’ approach to autism

Our specialists are trained to work with both children and adults who’ve been diagnosed with autism. Through a range of techniques such as applied behaviour analysis (ABA), and therapy we can help individuals living with Autism lead a rich and fulfilling life.  This can include providing therapeutic, educational, or medical services to adults and children as well as teaching them to learn coping strategies. We understand that every individual is unique and that symptoms can present differently in everyone which is why our specialists are trained to build strong relationships with the people they work with to best assess the level of support and help they need.

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