AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

TOP TIPS for AUTISM

COMMUNICATION

Back up your spoken word with visual supports i.e. objects, photographs, pictures or written word.

Give clear, slow, direct instructions.

Give time for processing the spoken word – 10 second rule i.e. up to 10 seconds to respond.

Avoid sarcasm, jokes and open ended questions.

Provide a clear visual timetable of day’s events.

Be aware of literal interpretation of language e.g. “get a grip” “wind your neck in”.

 

BEHAVIOUR

Tell the person what you 'want them to do', not 'what not to do'.

Always respond calmly and slowly.

Do not stand too close to the person.

Organise the environment – define areas/have clear boundaries.

Encourage a positive, consistent routine.

Be aware of sensory issues in the environment for people with Autism and make adaptions.

 

 

Ask the person do they carry an Autism NI Alert Card? autism ni alert card