It is important to understand a service user as an individual with different skill sets and dislikes so you can get a good idea of how the autistic service user lives his/her life. For example an autistic individual may has sensory issues with noise so you would avoid supporting him/her to a concert and redirect and suggest supporting them with another activity such as a walk in the country side. Finding out what a service user likes and dislikes are important to keep a good professional relationship and give the best support needed, also finding out what they are capable and not capable to do.
Autism is a development disability that how an individual sees the world around them. It also affects their communicational skills and how to understand people reactions and feelings, such as happy and sad.
The autism spectrum is something that cannot be put down on paper as it is a wide variety of different things. 1.3 (HELP)
The most common sensory perception difficulties are: Hypo – sensitivity, this means an individual is under sensitive to sound light. Under-selection, this means an individual struggles to focus on a set thing or subject and will not filter out the unimportant things. Hyper-sensitivity, this means an individual is acutely sensitive to certain things and objects such as lights and sounds. Sensory –overload, this means an individual is easily over stimulated and could cause them to shut down or show a behavioural. Over-selection, this means and individual only processes some of the information given to the person and will select some things or nothing at all also known as over filtering. Mono-processing, this individual can only process one thing at a time or will struggle to do more than one thing such as talking and listening.
There are many other signs of autism such as repetitive behaviour such as flapping, flicking, scattering, throwing, and shredding. They can also show signs of poor eye contact or will eat