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I know I do not show it and I have caused so much damage but this is the best placement I ever had.

Byrony, 15

Autistic spectrum disorder

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also influences how they make sense of the world around them.

Autism is a spectrum condition, which means that whilst all people with autism share certain difficulties and challenges, their condition will affect each individual in different ways. Some people are able to live relatively independent lives, but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and require a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over or under-sensitivity to sounds, tastes, touch, smells, light or colours.

Asperger’s Syndrome is a form of autism; those living with Asperger’s Syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.

It is estimated that one in every one hundred children in England has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism (including Asperger’s Syndrome) appears to be more common amongst boys than girls; in fact, boys are three to four times more likely to develop an ASD than girls. This could be because of genetic differences between the sexes, or that criteria used to diagnose autism are based on the characteristics of male behaviour.

Autism spectrum disorder – Case study

A short break for Seth

Names have been changed to protect identities.

Seth has Autism and lives at home with a loving family. We have been supporting Seth for the past two years.

Seth’s family have been disappointed with carers in the past so we have taken great care to match him with staff most suited to catering for his needs.

Seth is very energetic and requires a care plan that allows him to positively channel his energy and gives him the stability he requires. This plan has been created with a lot of input from his parents who are thrilled with the progress he has made since entering our care.

Seth loves skiing and anything to do with snow! He now goes with staff twice a week and Mum and Dad have the opportunity to spend valuable time with his siblings.

One weekend in four Seth also attends a short break with us. Here he has the opportunity to interact with peers, play in our fun filled garden (even better when it snows) and access the sensory room.

The staff have built a fabulous rapport with Seth and his family, they have said that one of their highlights of the year is our family day where families come together for an afternoon of fun.

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